The Greatest

It is spring practice time for baseball, and the Cactus League teams have been in Arizona all month. The teams are trying to work out the kinks so that they are ready for the regular season. At the same time, March Madness is upon us in the college hoops world. It seems, once again, that we are surrounded by athletic pursuits. With that in mind, we watched Moneyball ovet last weekend. As is often the case, the story seemed metaphorical to me. I, too, begin each day and season with new hope and stars in my eyes. I believe once again that I can achieve greatness, be efficient, and all sorts of other goals. Some days I fall short. Some days I strike out. Does that stop me from believing things will be different/better the next time? Absolutely not!

I subscribe to the belief that each day is a new beginning. I hope you do, too. After all, how can we dedicate ourselves to trying unless we believe that our efforts and dedication will meet with success? The victory, however, is in the attempt. Win or lose, our dedication to the effort, and our optimism can help make things happen. Win, or lose, we can see a victory in there. That brings to my mind a Kenny Rogers song called The Greatest:

For all of us who ever did this, for all of us who live, Kenny Rogers recorded this song. “The Greatest.”

Little boy, in a baseball hat
Stands in the field with his ball and bat.
Says, “I am the greatest player of them all”
Puts his bat on his shoulder and he tosses up his ball.
And the ball goes up and the ball comes down, swings his bat all the way around.
The world so still you can hear the sound,
The baseball falls to the ground.

Now the little boy doesn’t say a word,
Picks up his ball, he is undeterred.
Says, “I am the greatest there has ever been”
And he grits he teeth and he tries again.
And the ball goes up and the ball comes down, swings his bat all the way around.
And the world so still you can hear the sound,
The baseball falls to the ground.

He makes no excuses, he shows no fear,
He just closes his eyes and listens to the cheers.
Little boy, he adjusts his hat,
Picks up his ball, stars at his bat.

Says, “I am the greatest, the game is on the line”
And he gives his all one more time.
And the ball goes up and the moon so bright, swings his bat with all his might.
The world’s so still, as can be, the baseball falls and that’s strike three.

Now it’s suppertime and his momma calls,
Little boy starts home with his bat and ball.
Says, “I am the greatest, that is a fact,
But even I didn’t know I could pitch like that!”
Says, “I am the greatest, that is understood,
But even I didn’t know I could pitch that good!”

Of course we can always look at it that way! How joyous of that little boy, and how delightfully optimistic it is to say you are a good pitcher. And when you think about it, perhaps he was a good pitcher. I hope you have a lovely springtime day today.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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6 Responses to The Greatest

  1. fgassette says:

    Another great post. I have passed on the King of King Friendship Award/Blessing for what your blog means to me. You can pick it up here.


  2. Caddo Veil says:

    Yep, you hit another homer with this one, Kate. I knew I had victory this morning, when I got out of bed and said, “Lord, if for no other reason today, I’m thankful you made Fridays!” And it’s been a super day all day! Starting out the day grateful, is key. God bless you so much! sis Caddo

  3. Lovely lyrics to the song! My husband has trekked over to AZ in year’s past to get in on that Cactus League action! He has a wonderful time when he goes, but just couldn’t pull it off this year. I love your focus on thankfulness…it’s not exactly an overused word in our world today! Debra

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Maybe you can both come next year! It’d be fun to meet :-). Somedays I need to remind myself to be gratefl and thankful…it is easy to get wrapped up in chores, work, duty…and forget the gratitude.

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