Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 09:52 AM.

It is almost certain that you have seen the phrase, “Veni, Vidi, Vici.”  The phrase means, “I came, I saw, I conquered.”  Julius Caesar meant it when he sent this message back to the patrician Senate in 47 BC.  He was basically saying exactly what it sounds like and saying it with more than a wee bit of arrogance.

Caesar was brief and to the point and still managed to emphasize his rudeness/arrogance to the Senate.  It was also meant to say, “Not only did I do it, but I did it quick.”

Whether it is in battle or on a field in front of thousands of screaming fans, we often are inspired by the words of military leaders, coaches and athletes.  Folks collect these quotes and spit them out at opportune times before, during and after battles, personal trials, sporting events and fraternity parties that have gotten out of hand.

I’m not that coach.

After coaching youth baseball teams for over 30 years, I have come to the realization that as much as I love the game of baseball, I’m not going to be the kind of coach to quote Knute Rockne, Vince Lombardi or even Bear Bryant.

I might quote Larry Bird, the famous Boston Celtic.  He once noted that to be great, “First master the fundamentals.”   However, I would write it out so my baseball team could see it this way, “First master the FUNdamentals.”

Admittedly, over the years I have changed.  I make more strategic errors, poor decisions and outright stupid coaching mistakes than I did when I coached my first team at 17 years-old.  I’ve become more of a spectator with a better seat inside the fence.

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