July 15, 2010
- Despite being excited about Vegas and it being a blast, since I've been back I've caught 2 legion games that had 5 of my former players on it. Not sure if it's because I enjoyed coaching that team that much or what but I really do miss it. I was actually asked to come back next year by one parent. While it'd probably be a blast it's so much work and I plan on traveling even more next summer that I don't think I can.
- On a similar note, it's much easier being an assistant coach than a head coach. You don't have to deal with anything other than coaching. Also, as a head coach you're constantly wondering about how good you are, dealing with parents/kids issues, what type of effects you're having on the kids, how you're perceived by other coaches, etc. While I know I have flaws coaching it's certainly helped that I've heard quite a few good things from my legion parents and kids. One parent told me "I was perfect for the team last year." Also, the last 2 years I've had assistant offers from 2 of the better teams in the league.
- Although it does kill me to hear "Do you miss it?" From parents whenever I show up to a game.
- Second half of the Major League season resumes tonight with the Sox being 3 GB of Tampa and 5 back of the Yankees. If they can hold there until they can somehow get healthy I like their chances to make the playoffs. However these first 2-4 weeks are crucial and the schedule isn't easy. The team is very good but who knows how long they can stay in it after being decimated by injures.
- Finally the quote below is a favorite of mine just because it reminds me of when my team was 4-6 last year, then 8-8. I already blogged about this earlier in my summer ball entries but the team easily could've mailed it in and gave up. However, they met the challenge head on and finished 10-2, winning our last 6 games of the year. Unfortunately we didn't get any breaks from other teams and missed the postseason by 1 game but nobody wanted to play us in the playoffs.
â€œEverybody can be [expletive] happy when youâ€™re [expletive] 30-1, but what is everybody going to do when weâ€™re 12-14? Are you going to show up to work the next day and write an [expletive] story? Hell no. Youâ€™re going to write the best story of your life. Weâ€™re going to try and play the best [expletive] game of our life tomorrow. Thatâ€™s what youâ€™ve got to do when youâ€™re 12-14. Donâ€™t put your head down and mope. Grind it out. You believe. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re built on.â€
--Dustin Pedroia 5/4/10