Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Playing for the team leads to success!

Great article about Darrin Ruf of Creighton. The article talks about how the key to success is to play for your team and not for yourself. When players get caught up in personal statistics (in this case the draft) they often struggle. As a player it is important to never worry about your personal statistics, just simply poor everything you have into the team and good things will happen.

Here are a few quotes from the story along with the link to the entire story.

"No matter how well grounded a guy is — and Darin is a lot more grounded than most — it's easy to get caught up in the other stuff," Servais said. "He's 21, and it's human nature to dream a little bit."The important thing is for Darin not to get away from the things that got him to this position. He can't forget what's made him a difference-maker. He can't start playing for the scouts and not for the team."

"I think you need to embrace what's happening to you and think of it as a positive," Ruf said. "It's a special situation, and you have to enjoy the process. But it's all about how you approach the game. If you go in thinking about yourself and being selfish, you run the risk of struggling."As long as you keep the team-first approach and keep working hard, I believe things should fall your way."

"One of the things that makes Darin such a good defensive player is that he leaves his at-bats in the dugout," Servais said. "He doesn't take his offense to the field with him. Too many guys don't focus on what they need to defensively because they're worrying about the out they just made."

"He's a guy that's not called upon to bunt much, but he's turned himself into an outstanding bunter. He has such good work habits."

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