You Can Keep the Frosting Brother, I Want to Taste the Cake

By Coach Ron Wolforth –

 

 

The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Mike Matheny, told reporters before the 2014 series with the Dodgers regarding the prospect of facing Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, “We respect everyone and we are in awe of no one. That is the Cardinal way.”

 

Bill Belichick is famous for saying to his players about a supposedly superior opponent, “Never believe the hype gentlemen. The game will always come down to US doing the ordinary things extraordinarily well. Our opponent is simply our opponent.”

 

And our title today comes from the World Champion New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. They are no frills. They are no hype. They simply have been by far and away the best executing rugby team over the past 15 years.

 

I believe these are all parallel sentiments.  So often we get distracted. So frequently we get caught up in the hype, the spin, the show, the pretense and the ballyhoo.

 

We make good players into superstars and great players into gods.

 

Belichick, Saban, Meyer, Wooden, Brooks, Popovic and the All Blacks all are similar in their core approach.

 

They are NOT into comparisons, projections, hypotheticals, nuances or conjecture.

 

They are not into hype, splash, hullabaloo or spell.

 

They are completely obsessed with doing the ordinary things that win games extraordinarily well.

 

Far too often we are worried about our ranking or our status or what others are thinking about us. We are worried about how we compare to our competitive peers. We spend time trying to shape and manipulate our situations, our scenarios and our reputations.

 

A great deal of our energies can be wasted on the wrong things… namely, worrying about things outside of our direct control.

 

We find that many young pitchers that come to the Baseball Ranch® are often ‘afraid of the barrel of the bat’…and subsequently… they often find themselves behind in the count. Certainly, part of what we do is develop healthy, durable and electric arms, but part of what we do is instill in our pitching athletes the mindset to constantly and continually attack the strike zone.

 

Velocity, command, the sharpness and deception of your secondary offerings, the ability to recover and the mindset to continually attack the zone are not drills nor movements nor strategies. They are not some time things. They are ALL the time things. They are the ordinary things made extraordinary by hours and hours of deep purposeful practice. They are the cake… not the frosting.

 

If you find yourself spending your precious energy, time and resources on anything that isn’t absolutely essential… the best in sport’s history would almost certainly counsel you to keep those to an absolute minimum and to re-evaluate your priorities. As Stephen Covey would counsel us… “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

 

Sometimes with all this media, showcases and social media… we get caught up in the hype and pretense.  In studying the very best in multiple disciplines, it is clear they behave differently.

 

They aren’t seduced by the icing, they are compelled by the cake.

 

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Here are some scheduling announcements and updates for you:

 

  • Thanks to the loosening of restrictions in the state of Texas, we are on schedule to begin our Summer Program on June 1st as originally planned.  We do know however, that many of you are not yet in the same boat and are waiting to see how things play out in your state.  With that in mind, we have extended our Early Bird deadline until May 15th.  In addition, we have modified our cancelation policy to help reduce any apprehension in signing up during this uncertainty.  We are allowing participants to cancel all the way up to 1 week prior to your scheduled arrival with NO cancelation fee.  In addition, there is no charge to move your start date.

 

  • With the cancellation of the college baseball season, most high school seasons and with summer playing schedules still in limbo, we have added an additional Elite Pitchers Boot Camp over the Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. For more information, please visit www.TexasBaseballRanch.com/events 

 

  • The COVID-19 virus has impacted nearly every facet of our society. In short, the world is a very different place than it was on January 1st, 2020 and that includes the Texas Baseball Ranch®. In order to limit the number of parents and athletes attending our Elite Pitchers Boot Camps, we are currently reducing the camp enrollment from 45 athletes to 24 athletes. This change will stay in effect until the national requirements/guidelines have been updated. We are also loosening up our cancellation/change policy so that people can be comfortable in making plans now in the face of current & future uncertainty.

 

  • In addition, we have added a “Ranch Remote” training option for people that would still like to get access to, and ongoing instruction from, the TBR staff but prefer to avoid travel due to the virus. Click here to get more information on this NEW, hyper-personalized training option.  The number of participants in this program is limited to 36 so if you’re interested, don’t delay.

Please call (936)588-6762 or email us: info@texasbaseballranch.com
for more details or to sign up for any of these options.

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