As I spoke to our player on first, “Watch the pitcher,” the pitcher he was supposed to watch picked him off.
Because the first-base coach (that would be me) distracted his own base runner.
Sheesh! I’ve got a lot to learn about coaching this game.
And I am learning.
Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned.
1) Making mistakes isn’t a mistake unless you don’t learn from them. I’ve made three egregious errors as a coach (actually more but who’s counting?)—overestimating my player’s speed while underestimating their outfielder’s arm, distracting my own base runner while he’s off the base, and yelling “Go, go, go!” when a player missed a steal sign (that tips off the opponents, not a good idea).
I pencil the mistakes into my memory and then don’t repeat them.
I want to note something important here. My mistakes become lessons to better me, not batter me. I don’t say, “Oh, stupid me!” Instead, I say, “Well, Tom, lesson learned. Don’t do that again.”
2) Seek out the wise and skilled. I don’t know much about coaching baseball, but I know those who do. Some are older. Some are younger. All of them are wiser and more skilled than I. If I want to improve (and I do), I find those guys.
3) Listen and learn. In a post-game bus trip, the four coaches, including me, sat up front. The other three talked baseball. I listened.
On occasion I asked a question but, for the most part, I kept my mouth shut and my ears open.
Kari Scare wrote a comment after my previous post, “2 Sentences You Don’t Want to Hear … Together!” that lines up well with this post. She said, “I’m in a group of people regularly who can teach me about being more welcoming. So, I might not be great at welcoming others, but I am learning and getting better at it by watching those who do it so well.”
Her statement highlights a great reason why I love community. We can learn from one another and live better lives for Christ.
I’m curious. What are you learning and who helps you with the lessons?
Jeff Goins’ “How to Find Your Life’s Treasure”
Donald Miller’s “Blue Like Jazz Box Office Update” (note: I check rottentomatoes.com when I evaluate movies. Often the critics and the general populace agree, but sometimes they are world’s apart. In Blue Like Jazz‘s case, a major disparity exists between the critics and the public.)
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