Even though the Phillies failed to clinch the title in Wednesday's World Series game (and the city of Philadelphia is still recovering from this devastating reality), I thought it would be appropriate to start off today's conversation with a tribute to America's favorite pastime and to a Yankee whose legend will probably never die. I'm talking about the one and only Babe Ruth....you know, "The Babe", "The Sultan of Swat", "The Great Bambino", "The Colossus of Clout"...
The Babe, who last appeared in the MLB in 1935, was and still is one of the league's most prolific hitters. Now while it may be true that we remember him more for his great skill in the game of baseball and not so much for the things he has said, we might want to take a moment to relive some of his words.
"I swing big, with everything I’ve got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can."
Baseball fan or not, these words are really powerful. Taken literally, his words are quite true. He did swing big, really big...big enough to blast 714 home runs and nearly 3,000 hits. I've played baseball for more than half of my life, so I know a thing or two about hitting big. But I also know the strategy behind a squeeze bunt, and this can just as quickly win a game as a home run. But I'd much rather the big hit, it's a lot more to talk about. Now let's take this quote a bit out of context and apply it outside the realm of baseball, and give it an even greater meaning. I read this quote and think not only of baseball, but of life.
I think it is important for us all to learn to be 'big hitters' in life. And let's face it, we'd all like to be the Babe Ruth of our office, our class, or even just of our group of friends. It's also key to understand when to pull the squeeze bunt and catch everyone by surprise, but we can't rely on this tactic all the time. We need to pull out the big bats and swing big. Babe tells us there's only two things that can happen: you can hit big or you can miss big. Either way, you gave it your everything. So if you end up hitting it, you can become The Babe. If you end up missing it, it makes you more eager for that next at bat, where you have yet another chance to swing for the stands, and no one can deny that you tried like heck to blast it the last time you were at the plate. We need to stop bunting all the time- everyone knows it's coming and we're probably going to give the other team an easy out. We also need to stop taking the third strike-there's nothing worse than seeing the perfect pitch but not even sticking the bat out to try to hit it. We've got to face our days with Babe's confidence and courage because that's the only way our ball is heading out to that kid out in center field with the foam finger.
So today's the big game. We're facing some stiff competition and it's going to be a tough one. You're on deck, so go warm up and remember to swing big, with everything you've got.