What an amazing October. I had the opportunity to watch playoff baseball in three different ballparks: New York, Houston and Los Angeles. As a lifelong fan of the game, this was an unforgettable experience.
Twelve years ago I began working with Rick when he was a high schooler at Seton Hall Prep. From an early age there was no doubt he was a special talent. He not only possessed natural skill and athletic capabilities, he also carried himself with a level of maturity and drive that has served him well throughout the years.
Over the past decade, I’ve been fortunate to have a front row seat to his career in the big leagues, which, like many other professional athletes, has had its ups and downs. Some seasons have had their struggles, but he has always maintained focus and put in the work to improve and refine himself. And other seasons have been rewarding, which has been validated through numerous awards including his 2016 Cy Young.
For me, as I sat in the stands, I couldn’t help but celebrate a friend’s lifelong dream of reaching the pinnacle of baseball achievement.
When that last out was recorded in Game 5, most people took in the celebratory moment of another Red Sox World Series Championship. For me, as I sat in the stands, I couldn’t help but celebrate a friend’s lifelong dream of reaching the pinnacle of baseball achievement. Over the years he’s put in the work with countless practices, games, and training sessions—and it all culminated in that one moment. His relentless drive to get better every year is inspiring and I could not be happier for him and what he accomplished this past season.
The value in this narrative is that things take time, patience and a consistent effort. This is not to say we will all win a World Series. What this should teach us is that the difference between having a goal and achieving a goal is the work we put in. If you’re able to appreciate the process, the relationships built, and the small victories along the way, it’ll make the end result that much sweeter.
Please join me in congratulating Rick on a well-deserved World Series Championship when you see him in the gym during the offseason… even if you are a Yankees fan.