A few days ago my (5) year old son Cole and I went to our first baseball game by ourselves. We've been to several so far, but this one was just us, and it was great. Quick aside ... Nashville Sounds, the Triple A affiliate of the Brewers, down by 2, bottom of the 9th, 2 balls, 2 strikes, 2 outs, 2 men on ... first baseman Joe Koshansky goes yard with a walk off homer. Stadium went nuts! The greatest thing for me was not just the Sounds glorious ending - it was actually getting to see one of my all-time favorite baseball players in person. Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg (Chicago Cubs), most likely the greatest 2nd baseman of all time, (9) consecutive Gold Gloves, is now the Skipper for the Iowa Cubs. About halfway through the game I noticed something. Sandberg ran on and off the field each time he came out of the dugout. Then I began to notice the rest of the team. Every player, every coach, hustled. Every player played with honor in some really small ways that you had to be looking for to notice. What really stood out to me was that each Cubs player wore their sox at the same height. None of this pants on the ground mess, no one player doing his own thing. What Sandberg has done with his men is not just tell them what he expects ... he models it for them. He holds himself to the standards of the men he leads every day. He leads with class. Class is a forgotten concept, yet Sandberg proves to us all that leading with class can be done. If we as men want to lead other men, we must model it, and modeling it is far more than "walking the walk" ... it's about your convictions saturating your soul to the point that everyone around you is affected by who you are and how you live. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. - Apostle Paul 1 Corithians 11:1
Extra Credit: if you loved the way #23 played the game, read his induction speech to the Hall of Fame. It's amazing. Ryne Sandberg Hall of Fame Speech.
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