Updated: Jun 14, 2019
The last couple of nights, I have found myself wanting to skip this. But it has become a habit that has begotten more than a few practices that have impacted my life for the better. And I will continue to be disciplined and honor my commitment...even when I don't feel like it.
I have also not been quite as diligent about reaching out to old friends and former players lately. Partly because...nevermind, excuses are useless.
I did, however, receive a text today that was a reminder of the value of those 'just because' correspondences.
*The names have been changed to protect the innocent
A player I had the privilege of coaching during my time at Menlo College, let's call him Lefty, texted me with a coaching question.
Our communication over the last 7 years has been spotty at best. Lefty was drafted and spent a few years kicking around in the minor leagues and independent professional baseball before recently changing courses. When I reached out to him last week, we exchanged messages for a while about life after baseball, what he was doing now, and his plans for the future. He is back in school pursuing a degree in computer science and serving as an assistant coach with the baseball team at his old high school.
His message today was regarding some of the workouts we did while I was his pitching coach. It made me feel good and gave me a sense of validation: one that I would have likely missed out on had it not been for the just because message.
I don't know the extent of my impact, and I probably never will...and don't need to...but it was nice to have a former player, who played the game at a higher level thatn I ever did, reach out for advice.
My job is about relationships. And it is my job to be intentional about sustaining those relationships after my players move on in life.
Temporary relationships are easy.
Lasting relationships require effort, and reap a much greater reward.