First of all this isn’t a rant or complaint. I don’t believe in either, personally, because it gets us no closer to the solution. No doubt today’s players are different. Every generation has said that about the previous generation, but it has never been truer today. We live in a society of instant pleasure and gratification filled with more noise than ever. The fact that I have the ability to write for you and publish my thoughts openly is more than enough proof, I’m not a writer, blogger, or anything of grammatical credibility. I’m and insight junkie looking for nuggets of knowledge from great minds. Nick Saban is the head football coach at the University of Alabama, but could easily be the CEO of a fortune 500 company, or anything where process and leadership are required. Much like Steve Jobs could have been an amazing coach of any program he wanted, it just so happened he had a mind and passion for electronics, not sports. Saban offers great insight on today’s players.
“They all think they have this illusion of choice,” Saban said. “Like I can do whatever I want to do. And you kind of have a younger generation now that doesn’t always get told no, they don’t always get told this is exactly how you need to do it. So they have this illusion that they have all these choices.
“But the fact of the matter is, is if you want to be good, you really don’t have a lot of choices. Because it takes what it takes. You have to do what you have to do to be successful. So you have to make choices and decisions to have the discipline and focus to the process of what you need to do to accomplish your goals.”
The debate is this. Are we reaching these players as effectively as possible from the youngest ages to the top level Baseball America prospects? We can complain about it, or we can accept it for what it is and try to adapt and maximize it because we all know its there. The terrain has become as cluttered and as noisy as ever. And as the John Lydgate quote goes “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.