Re: so that was Kendricks?
Posted by Hey Tim...TM55+ on November 7, 2018, 8:27 pm, in reply to "Re: so that was Kendricks? "
Your talking about my attitude that went away over 27 years ago. |
A long time ago I had a horrible attitude on the softball fields..
I was kinda like an Andy but with much less defensive ability.
I was horrible when we lost..I abused teammates when in my mind they kept me from winning.
At that time one of my best friends and a teammate I had known since first grade kept arguing I had softball all wrong. He banged and banged on my beliefs of the game.
I believed if "I was winning I was having fun"...he argued...
"NO...when your having fun..your winning..no matter the score".
That player was the best, most God given athletic softball player to ever come out of California. Anyone that argues against that can try to compare resumes of their real sports (not softball history) numbers
He was 6-8, weighted 260 pounds natural,
Threw a football 94 yards when he was 30 (after he had washed out of baseball because of a torn rotator),
Threw 98 MPH in college, was the left handed pitcher of the year his junior season in college...
He was the faster player on our team over 40 yards.
He stopped lifting weights when he was 24 (instead he ran and did push ups, sit ups and jumped rope) and and yet in his 30s at a friends house during a tourney he got on the bench under over 400 pounds and threw it up 9 times. Locked it out and said..that's enough. We have a tourney to win.
As I watched the most gifted athlete I ever know humbly accept awards and whenever possible have others receive them instead of himself....he once believed a teammate should have received an all tourney at the major World Series after I had delivered it to him because he didn't stick around for the award ceramoney. The player was embarrassed to take it and cranky made he didn't win it outright..Amy friend told the player he was screwed out of it and if he didn't take the award because he had earned it he was going to throw it off the balconey/we were on the fifth floor..into the Atlantic Ocean.
The teammate finally agreed to take the trophy and it proudly sat In his living room till the day he died.
Witnessing that gesture was the final straw in changing my attitude on softball forever...
After the teammate left our room I said..."that was an all tourney at the damn major World Series"..Jeff Peterson looked at me and said..."THAT RIGHT THERE IS WHY WE PLAY THE GAME..how great is it to be able to compete and have fun with guys like Gary (Adams) no matter if we win or lose"
If you think I have to win to have fun on a softball field..you don't know much about my years of TRYING TO PLAY UP...