No Quit in the Dugout

No Quit in the Dugout

I was standing in my kitchen cutting leftover chicken off the carcass to make chicken salad. It was quiet. My kitchen door was open and all I could hear was the gentle wind blowing my mom’s wind chimes ever so lightly. Small dinging sounds that were angelic. Probably...
The Beauty in the Imperfect

The Beauty in the Imperfect

At times, I spent my life as a perfectionist. Often talking about how I wouldn’t do things if I didn’t know I could do them well. I would rather just “sit it out” or pretend I didn’t want to play. It took me most of my adult life to write my book. I was afraid I...
When Words Create a Movement

When Words Create a Movement

The rally of others behind a simple feeling of self-doubt and unworthiness is part of what makes our humanity so beautiful to participate in. I have watched young athletes for years do this personally. I have taught them how to change the words internally, how to...
The Birth of a Possibility

The Birth of a Possibility

For the last 7 years I have been writing a blog on Christmas Eve. Usually by the lights of the tree, with a glass of sherry, and Christmas music playing in the background just loud enough to hear it but not enough to distract my thoughts. It is 3:03 Christmas morning...
The Anatomy of a Champion

The Anatomy of a Champion

Two legs, one arm. Two arms, one leg. A broken collarbone, a sprained knee, a ruptured Achilles, and sore heel. Blind, deaf, mute… Brain injury, cancer, paralyzed. Champions don’t all look or feel the same. They don’t all walk the same path or wear the same medals or...