There’s Always a Reason
Jim Fregosi was my business partner in the 60’s. I was dirt poor and he was making millions playing shortstop for the California Angels. Jimmy made a comment to me at lunch one day that has stuck with me all these years, and gives me goose bumps every time I repeat it.
When I asked him WHY he needed to take batting practice, Jimmy said, “To play at this level you can’t have anything else on your mind than tonight’s game, and when we get suited up and take practice it transforms our minds from home and everything else into why we are here tonight.” Every since hearing that I have attempted to play at a higher level than I had to. I remain grateful to Jim Fregosi for that comment.
He went on to say, “When you know how to play the game you can keep your job, when you know WHY you do things you can someday be the manager.” Jimmy knew WHY, and when he got too old to hit the ball, he was made the manager.
Jimmy went on to manage several professional baseball teams, and was always willing to fight for what he thought was right.