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Huddle - Week 1 -"Team"

posted Sep 28, 2011, 2:17 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Oct 4, 2011, 6:59 PM ]
Week 1 (Sept 25) - "Team" - Every Champ needs teammates 

Story of the Week:

Being a good teammate By: Larry Dierker

One night I was pitching with a short lead in the late stages of a game at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.  The first batter got on base on a 3-2 pitch that I thought should have been called strike three.

I got the next batter to hit an easy two-hop ground ball to our second baseman, Joe Morgan.  It should have been a double play, but Morgan dropped it and then dropped it again while trying to recover.  So now there were runners at first and second with no outs when I thought there should be two outs and nobody on base.   I got the next batter to hit the same ground ball and Joe booted it again.  Now I had the bases loaded with nobody out when I should have been back in the dugout with a 1-2-3 inning.  I was hopping mad.  And then when I saw Joe walking to the mound, I got even madder.  When he got there, he said, “Larry, I’m sure glad you’re pitching tonight because you’re the one guy who can get us out of this mess. “

I will never forget those words – especially the word “us.”  That simple sentence completely transformed my thinking.  Instead of being mad at him and just about ready to throw in the towel, I got pumped up.  It was such a great compliment to think that he was depending on me to save the team from the situation that he created.  I knew he was right, but I don’t think many players would have had the nerve to come in and say something like that under the circumstances. 

Joe went back to his position and I took a deep breath.  Now it was my turn to prove him right.  I’d pitched out of bases loaded, no outs situations of my own making before.  Why couldn’t I do it now?  Well, I did.  I got the next three hitters out and the Padres scored one run but we still had the lead and ended up winning the game. 

Your job as a teammate is to help overcome another player’s mistakes.  For example, with a man on third and one out, almost anything the batter hits will score the run.  But sometimes he hits a pop-up or strikes out.  That’s when the next hitter can save the day by getting a hit. 

This isn’t just about baseball.  It also applies to any team you’re on.  It could be in a family setting, at school, at church or on the job.  We’re all in this together.  There is no better feeling than saving the day for a family member or a friend.  And when you think about how it makes them feel, it’s even better.  From that day forward, when a teammate made an error, I made a pledge to get him off the hook.  That’s what being a good teammate is all about.

Question of the Week:

What is the definition of a team?

(Definition: a number of persons associated together in work or activity: as a : a group on one side b : crew, gang)

Lesson of the Week: 

(1 Corinthians 12: 25-26)

“The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our time together as a team: every part is dependent on every other part…

If one teammate hurts, every other teammate is involved in the hurt, and in overcoming the hurt. If one teammate struggles or fails, every teammate helps pull them up and encourages them.  If one of you succeeds, every other member of the team celebrates.  We win or lose as a team.

Champ of the Week

Coaches, celebrate a way you have seen someone on the team embodied the virtue of teamwork.  Talk about a way on your team that teamwork is important.  Award the player(s) who have embodies this value as "Champ of the Week".

Close by having a player or a coach lead the team in a prayer that your team will practice teamwork by helping each other both on and off the field.