After watching and coaching a lot of good high school baseball players for a decade, I have concluded that the two biggest personality trait problems are:
Being Arrogant — thinking you are better than you really are and thinking the you “deserve” something just based on who you are
Being Disrespectful — to teammates, opponents and coaches during competition, during practice and off the field.
The mixture of these two traits is toxic and in my observation is the root cause of:
- Poor work ethic
- Lack of focus on details
- Bad team chemistry & relationships
- Lack of personal responsibility/accountability for game results, practice results and simple things like picking up your own trash and carrying team equipment
- Inability to learn from mistakes and improve i.e not “coachable”.
This is not a long-term success path for baseball players and is not consistent with being a Gamer.
Instead of Arrogant, be modest, humble and confident
Instead of being Disrespectful, be polite, courteous, reverent to other people and the process that you engaged in.
The basic virtues of being a fine young man translate directly onto the baseball field.
We have played some incredibly good baseball games this year, where every baserunner and every out is a battle. It is impressive to watch young men compete in those situations. It takes a lot of guts and courage to do that … to put your heart into something and then put it on the line for 7 innings. It’s an honor to be around. Sure, it’s a lot easier to win 8-3. Those games are fun too. But, there is nothing like putting it on the line, walking the tightrope, in a 2-1 game.
In 1972, I remember Karl Wallenda walked across Veterans Stadium before a Phillies game. I was glued to the TV, watching the 17 min walk before Larry Bowa, Steve Carlton and Greg Luzinski took the field.
There is a fine line between doing something great, and being crazy.
Click on the video below for a good definition of what we mean by a Gamer.
Drug and alcohol use by teenage boys is not consistent with the definition of a Gamer. We know it is a lot to ask. But, you are either a Gamer or not. Pretty simple.
6/24/2014 5:31:59 PM
The St. Louis Gamers Blue trailed 5-3 in the 6th but managed three runs to escape with a 6-5 victory. Kade Burns (2017, Edwardsville, IL) had the game winning RBI single to left field that scored Bryant Thompson (2017, St. Louis, MO). Jacob Teichmeier (2017, Ravenna, NE), Jack Riney (2017, Wildwood, MO), Weston Schad (2017, St. Charles, MO), and Ben Maurer (2017, Waterloo, IL) all had RBIs for the Gamers. John Bischoff (2017, Brentwood, MO) had a triple to right field in the bottom of the 4th. The Gamers remain undefeated at 6-0.
The Dayton Sluggers dropped to 3-3 on the tournament. Damon Dues (2017, Dayton, OH) went 2-3 with a RBI and Alex Jacobs (2017, Huntsville, OH) went 1-3 with two RBIs.
6/26/2014 1:12:42 AM
The St. Louis Gamers Blue and the RIPS Brewers played to a 7-7 draw Wednesday at Cambridge High School.
Harry Hegeman (2017, St. Louis, MO) and Tyler Ehrlich (2017, O Fallon, MO) both went 2-3 with a double and a RBI for the Gamers. Hegemen also recorded two stolen bases. From the outfield, Hegeman takes good routes and covers a lot of ground with his speed.
Weston Schad (2017, St. Charles, MO) contributed by going 1-2 with a triple and a RBI. Behind the plate Schad has a strong, accurate arm.
Jacob Hirsh (2016, Burien, WA) went 3-4 with a triple and two RBIs for the Brewers. Seth Delgado (2017, Kent, WA) got his fourth hit of the tournament by going 1-3 with a RBI and Festus Gilligan (2016, Seattle, WA) went 1-3 with a RBI.
6/26/2014 3:17:03 PM
The St. Louis Gamers Blue moved past the HCYP Raiders on Thursday morning, 1-0 behind the strong pitching performance by starter Craig Theiss (2017, Desoto Senior HS, MO). Theiss threw a complete game shut-out for the winners, allowing only 4 hits in the game. He showed great command of his pitches by throwing 67% for strikes and was rewarded with 6 strikeouts. His good fastball was on display, averaging a velocity of 74-79 mph with a maximum velocity of 80 mph.
Bryce Butler (2016, Wentzville Holt HS, MO) had the big hit of the game for St. Louis and drove in the game’s only run, driving in Jack Riney (2017, Lafayette Senior HS, MO).
Jack Schroeder (2017, Mount Hebron HS, MD) led the Raider’s offensively with a 2-3 game. Reed Galloway (2017, Marriotts Ridge HS, MD) and Jack Harrell (2016, Catonsville HS, MD) recorded the team’s other hits.
Schroeder also started on the mound for the Raiders and was very impressive despite getting the loss. He too threw a complete game, allowing 1 run on 7 hits, while striking out 4.
6/26/2014 6:23:18 PM
The Arena STARZ defeated the St. Louis Gamers Blue 11-6 in seven innings.
Ethan Gallagher (2017, Cantonsville, MD) led the surge for the STARZ came in the clutch with a home run and a single in the game. He drove in four RBIs and scored twice. He showed a quick, short bat with an aggressive hitters mentality. Jeremy Arocho (2017, Glen Burnie, MD) led the team in hits with three singles and score twice. Raphael Baumgardner (2017, Rockville, MD) roped out with a pair of hits with a double and a single. He also drove in two runs and and scored once while drawing two walks. Randy Bednar (2017, Damascus, MD) contributed a two RBI day with a single and a run. E’Lan Goodwin (2016, Bristow, MD) also helped with a pair of hits with a RBI and a run.
Joey Goodwin (2017, Rockville, MD) pitched most of the game by going five innings. He scattered four hits with two runs to score on him. He only struck out one and walked one batter. He touched 80 mph with his fastball.
Both John Bischoff (2017, Brentwood, MO) and Mark Vierling (2017, St. Louis, MO) each contributed a hit each with two RBIs and a run. Weston Schad (2017, St. Charles, MO) helped with two doubles and a RBI. Kade Burns (2017, Edwardsville, IL) also joined in with a double and a single while scoring twice.