I have begun my extraordinary journey on a quest for “The Love of Baseball.” I recently had one of the most profound days for me that I can recall in some time. I am embarking on a really amazing experience that I now realize is taking me on a journey that is far greater than I ever expected. I love sports but not so much due to the rules of the game, the stats or the concept but rather the passion, team chemistry and the heart of each athlete.
When I was a little girl, everyone told me not to take everything so personal and that still applies today as an adult. I never fully understood that admonishment because isn’t everything we do personal and if it’s not, then don’t such claims lack creativity, passion and integrity? I am a sensitive person but it’s not because of a lack of courage but rather because I am curious and open. As I grow into a stronger more intuitive woman I long to understand the depth of another humans heart, mind and soul. I find myself admiring, where possible, a person’s good, bad and ugly because without all of those things how can we exist in this wondrous universe? I have compassion for the weak and veneration for the strong. I have an immense respect and admiration for sports which makes athletes strive toward and beyond their perceived limitations.
I thought it was brilliant once I had my own sports show but I have since realized that I seek much more than that. It goes to the love of the game. It truly is sharing with you the heart of the players, the coaches, owners, family and fans. What an incredible joy sports can bring to our lives. No matter the disagreements people have, they come together as one when they share a great love of a team. The synergy cannot be matched in any other endeavor. A physical and biological change you have to experience to understand, a unity that makes differences fall away.
It was an absolute pleasure to visit Omaha and the Triple A OMAHA STORM CHASERS… It was a unique experience at dinner to witness the passionate group of men and women who have a great love for their team and baseball. It wasn’t until on my flight home I reflected on how enlightening those two days were for me. If you really take the time to stay present in the moment, be willing to listen and grow, people can learn an exceptional amount about their own wisdom and also be given the clarity to receive priceless information about themselves.
I feel honored to have listened to the passionate words from CEO and owner, Gary Green , President and General Manager Martie Cordaro, Commissioner of Minor League Baseball, Pat O’Conner , President & CEO of Minor League Baseball , Branch Rickey Jr., President of the International League of Triple A Baseball , Randy Mobley and Fred Seymour of Major League Baseball recount their love of baseball and also the fantastic stories from the good old days. The owner Gary Green was the very definition of enthusiasm. Being a big New York City guy you could just see the absolute pride and great joy he took in being privileged to own such a fantastic organization. As we drove through Omaha you could just feel his overwhelming love for what this town, the people and the team mean to him. As he proudly boasted about every aspect of the Omaha Storm Chasers and the town itself, he was almost like that young kid hitting a baseball for the first time. In every word I felt his rapture for the game and his achievement of owning a triple A team at such a young age. He truly understands the importance of the integrity and respect of the people that make any organization a masterpiece.
“Build it and they will come”
It sure shows especially with this illustrious team winning the National Championship and now home of the 2015 All-star game!
At moments I could feel as though I was back in that very moment in history. We can read books about baseball, watch old clips on amazing moments but we can never re-live history. It is not very often, if ever, that a person has the opportunity to sit with these gentleman at a dinner table reminiscing about magical moments in baseball history. Those of you who have had interviews reflecting a person’s enthusiasm, passion and love for the game understand it’s like experiencing history.
I have grown to love baseball, not because it is American as apple pie but because it is a sport that brings people of all backgrounds together. So, when I ask myself-is this the career for me? My answer is a resounding YES! I was not even born when many of the memorable moments in baseball were already history. The experience and divine opportunity to sit with these incredible human beings is worth its weight in gold. But, it seems to me that what baseball is today is largely due to what baseball was from the beginning. It is the Heart of the entire organization that truly defines the game on so many levels…
Without Heart you can have all the talent in the world but you will never be a super star. It is leadership, respect for your coaches, admiration for your teammates and gratitude for your loyal fans and most of all, courage and fearlessness with your own heart and soul. If you understand these defying laws then you can accomplish anything and you will reach the top.
It was opportune for me, at the beginning of my journey, to absorb the wisdom and wealth of experience I was privy to in listening to the leaders of this great game. That, my friends, was the greatest gift In baseball terms we all relate to; the crack of the bat the first time we hit the ball, the excitement, energy, and Heart. We may swing a thousand times, but if we pay attention we eventually all make contact.
Perhaps this is what is meant by divine intervention because if you think about it, most life changing events rarely arrive with a big bow, They are usually unexpected but, when they come we should receive them with gratitude and open arms.
“It is not the sport but rather the HEART of the player that makes the game”