Thursday, January 29, 2009

Respect for the game

Here are a few great quotes from Ryne Sandberg that were forwarded to me by legendary ex-legion JV coach, Joseph Cooley. In 2005, Ryne Sandberg was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. Ryne Sandberg was widely known as a hard nosed, hard working blue collar player that played the game the correct way. He was greatly respected by teammates and opponents. Here are a few excerpts from his HOF speech.

“I was in awe every time I walked onto the field. That’s respect. I was taught you never, ever disrespect your opponents or your teammates or your organization or your manager and never, ever your uniform. You make a great play, act like you’ve done it before; get a big hit, look for the third base coach and get ready to run the bases.”

Sandberg motioned to those inducted before him, “These guys sitting up here did not pave the way for the rest of us so that players could swing for the fences every time up and forget how to move a runner over to third. It’s disrespectful to them, to you and to the game of baseball that we all played growing up.

“Respect. A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn’t work hard for validation. I didn’t play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. I played it right because that’s what you’re supposed to do, play it right and with respect ... . If this validates anything, it’s that guys who taught me the game ... did what they were supposed to do, and I did what I was supposed to do.”

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