Jared Eichelberger of BaseballASAP
The San Francisco Giants were crowned 2010 MLB World Series Champions on Monday, November 1. Who would have thought that a game featuring the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants on, October 3 would feature the eventual World Series Champions. The significance of this date is that this particular game was on the last regularly scheduled game in which National League West rivals battled for a divisional title. The winner of this game moved onto the playoffs; the loser would stare preparing for the 2011 campaign.
Although the Padres lead the NL West for the majority of the season, the Giants prevailed when it counted and proved that playing till the very last out is important. Relating to youth baseball, it is important as players, coaches, and parents to understand that the game is not over till the very last out is recorded. Always play hard for 6, 7, or 9 innings respectively.
As a youth baseball instructor, too many times I see players and unfortunately some coaches begin to pack gear early or start to earmark a win. This roll of the dice always seems to backfire in that particular game or indirectly in the poor attitude the player or coach begins to develop. When it's game time, play. After the last out, then one can turn the page.
Jared Eichelberger is the President and Director of Operations for BaseballASAP, San Diego's premier youth baseball training organization. For more information on this organization:
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