It’s finally here! Spring has arrived! It’s opening day for the home team. Or as some in my family like to call it, a religious holiday. It is a day where thousands take off work and take in the great game on an early spring day. You never know what you will get. It could be rainy, cold, windy, warm, hot, humid, or sunny and beautiful as is forecasted for today. Anyway you slice it, it is a beautiful fresh clean start. The season is full of promise.
I like baseball. However, I do not pretend to be a huge fan. More of a friend of fans as I once infamously said. The game is intriguing and is an excellent metaphor for life. It is an individual’s game played as a team. Each player has his own stats, his own best to beat. Each has his own role and brings his own strengths and challenges. He is also part of a bigger picture, that of the team, and that sometimes has to take precedence.
For me, it is most fun to watch when there is a cohesive team of talented individuals each interacting and having fun. My favorite part is to watch the players relating to one another, encouraging, challenging, supporting and even playfully ribbing or mocking each other. The greatest teams help each individual excel – there are no prima donnas – but everyone is confident and competent, always pushing their personal best. Sometimes, the off field energy and influence is as important as the on field. When a team gels, wonderful things happen.
Today is opening day. Who is on your team?