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job was done. And I was pumped. Our
hitter... not so much.
He sulked off the field. Banged his
helmet on the bench. Slammed his bat
back into the rack. If there was one
thing that always got under my skin
both as a player and now as a coach,
it's playing selfish. As I'm watching
him come down towards me in the
dugout, my blood is starting to boil.
By the time he was standing next to
me, he started complaining to himself.
I snapped. " WHAT THE HELL IS
YOUR PROBLEM, " I politely asked.
" You just did your job. You helped
your team. Now stop being a baby,
grow up, and pick up your teammate
who is hitting right now. "
What I didn't realize at that
impulse was that Chad Epperson,
one of our roving coordinators from
Boston, was in the dugout at the
time. Had I been conscious of his
presence, I would have been much
more guarded with my words, as
I had been to that point, if I said
anything at all. I was still the new
guy. Still finding my way. Still
finding my place. After the game,
Eppy came up to me and said that if
I didn't address that situation in the
dugout, he would have himself, and
he absolutely loved the way I handled
it, reassuring me that sometimes
players need some messages louder
than others.
That meant everything to me,
and not because he was ok with
me getting on a player who acted
unprofessionally. But rather because
that was the moment when I knew I
could truly be who I was as a coach.
I didn't have to be cautiously filtered
like I had been to that point. Eppy
gave me that freedom to be me. That
moment, yet so small in the grand
scheme of everything, baseball or
otherwise, was, still to this day, one
of the most defining moments of my
entire coaching career. A coach who
knows who he is and does what he
does is in the best position to help his
players do the same.
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