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As a kid, I liked the teams involved in the current World Series, the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Al Kaline was “Mr. Tiger” and represented what baseball is all about. And even altho Ty Cobb played before my time, when you think of the Detroit Tigers, the legendary “Georgia Peach” has to come to mind. Advancing through the years, no baseball fan could forget manager Sparky Anderson, who after winning the World Series twice with the Cincinnati Reds in the mid-seventies, led the Tigers to a championship in 1984.

The Cardinals were “the team” in West Tennessee where I was born and reared. Along with listening to their games on radio, my father, brother, and I made annual week-long visits to St. Louis to see the Cardinals play. Enos “Country” Slaughter and Stan “The Man” Musial were my favorites. Today, Cardinal manager Tony La Russa is special to me for assorted reasons. This World Series winner with the Oakland Athletics wrote a testimonial for my “A Strategy For Winning” book. He is likewise a good person, joining with his wife and daughters in benevolent endeavors, particularly the La Russa Family Animal Rescue Foundation.

A couple of things that caught Tony’s attention in “A Strategy For Winning” are the emphases on being mentally tough and accepting responsibility. He wrote: “Carl Mays deals with galore indispensable principles. He spotlights the fact that all successful people have difficulties to overcome, and he emphasizes that unless you receive personal obligation and make a personal commitment, you can not win. His counsel to concentrate on what you do have rather than on what you don’t have is fundamental, but oftentimes neglected…”

As I write this column, the Cardinals are leading the Tigers 2-1 in the series. The three winning pitchers have all shown extraordinary mental toughness and have wholly accepted personal obligation to lead their teams to victory. Even even though there have been a heap of hitting heroes, pitching has overshadowed the series so far. In game one, rookie Anthony Reyes, with a record of 5-8, astonished a lot of persons when he powerfully led the Cardinals to victory after engaged in a struggle in the introductory inning. Cardinal pitching coach Dave Duncan said Reyes “got his mind right and concentered on what he had to do.”

In game two, Detroit’s Kenny Rogers took control of things. Following his performance, manager Jim Leyland, who led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997, said, “The pine tar and scuffed ball remarks overshadow the fact that Kenny pitched a terrific game.” Someone else said athletes are always looking for a mental and physical edge and even though much has been made of Rogers’ alleged tactics, “his edge was more mental than physical tonight.”

In game three, Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter showed why he is considered one of the best pitchers in baseball today, shutting down the Tigers as St. Louis claimed a 5-0 victory. Following the game, La Russa said of Carpenter, “He’s so strong amidst the ears that not one thing fazes him. He’s got a good head, good heart, good guts.” Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina said Carpenter’s concentration was unshakable. Carpenter’s remarks were, “Go one pitch at a time. All that stuff around you that’s going on doesn’t get in your head, so you’re not even thinking regarding it. You’re just thinking with regards to what you’ve got to do to get the occupation done.”

Possessing mental toughness and accepting personal obligation are not relegated to athletics. In our careers and lives there are times when one thing after another seems to overwhelm us and fetch us down. That’s when we are challenged to concentrate on the task at hand, to focus on the one thing that will help us accomplish the one occupation that needs to be finished in order to take care of the higher goal on down the line.


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