A little secret here: I'm a baseball mom. Okay, maybe that's not a secret because those of you who know me know that. Not only do I love baseball, but my sons happen to be pretty darn good players, too. We've spent the last 10 to 11 years chasing him around the country as he pursues his dream. I'm a big believer in chasing your dream. (I even love Meek Mills’ Dreamchaser series, but that's a whole other topic.) Today, I'm going to talk about running through the bag.
Running through the bag is what I often tell my son he must do when he runs down to first base. It means finishing what he started. If you're going to hit a ground ball, I don't care if it's back to the pitcher or to a shot into left field. He better run through the bag as hard as he can and then make the decision on what to do next. Don't get up to the plate, hit the ball and then jog like you don't really want to be there. You go hard or you go home. Run through the bag and finish what you started. We use this with him as a tactic to help him with his chores. If you're going to do something, don't do it half-assed. Do it until it's completed. Run through the bag. If you're going to start your homework, don't do 75% of it, running almost to the bag, do it all. Run through the bag.
This summer, this season of my baseball son's life, I want to run through the bag myself. I want to do things to completion. I'm tired of myself, and you, starting and stopping with our goals. If we're really going to be dream chasers, we got to run through the bag. We’ve got to finish what we start, or else we're automatically going to be out. Why would we want to be out before we even start? Why would we want to be out when we don't know what's going to happen if we just run through the bag? Maybe the player overthrows first base. Maybe it goes to the wall. Maybe you end up on second base. If we don’t run through the bag, we'll never know. So, I'm in the season of baseball. I'm in the season of supporting my son. But more than anything, I'm in the season of running through the bag. What about you?