What the playoff-focused Diamondbacks can teach kids

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 01:14:07 PM. Players, coaches show how teamwork, generosity create success
“Humble and kind.’’ I text or say those words to my 17-year-old son at least a few times a week. We both like country music, and the title and refrain of the sappy Tim McGraw song are a simple reminder to keep his ego in check whether he’s talking about grades, material things or a compliment from a boss, coach or teacher. Over the past several months, I’ve found a new, unexpected source of parenting inspiration in this effort: the surging Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phoenix baseball team’s unexpected run to the MLB playoffs has me glued to the TV most game days, staying with it through the post-game interviews with players and first-year manager Torey Lovullo. Sep 10, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo (17) talks to MLB umpire Tom Woodring (75) in between innings against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Rick Scuteri, Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports) What has struck me the most in those interviews is the humility of the superstar athletes, whom Lovullo has repeatedly said consider themselves a family. More than a few times after watching a big win or record-setting performance, I’ve commented to my son on how the player in the spotlight wasn’t gloating or taking all — if any — of the credit. Most bring up other teammates’ roles. Their parents must be beyond proud of how they conduct themselves publicly. Nowhere was the selflessness more on display than on Labor Day, after the Dbacks’ 13-0...Read more
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