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Baseball, Life and the Practice of Law

Divine Child Elementary Varsity Baseball 2009

“Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.”– Bill Veeck

I was fortunate to have been able to arrange part of my summer schedule around coaching baseball. I coached my son’s teams in numerous city, CYO and travel leagues for eleven years.  I found it to be a great opportunity to spend time with my son and other boys who have a passion for baseball.

There’s also no greater game to be able to teach life lessons to the boys. Ernie Harwell was right on the money when he said: “Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.”

It’s been said that, in life, “some days you’re the windshield and some days you’re the bug.” In baseball, you can be both the windshield and the bug in the same inning. Just like in life, you’ll have errors as well as big hits and you’ll sometimes be asked to make sacrifices for the good of the team. You will have opportunities to idly watch strike three go right by or to swing for the fences. There are rules to follow and someone who is fallible will judge whether you’re following them.  You’ll have the opportunity to get help from others if you pay attention to the signals, but you’ll also sometimes be on your own. If you lose your cool or your focus and let the other side see you sweat, you will greatly reduce your chance for success. Perhaps most importantly, there is no substitute for preparation.

Although I coached the boys, they too helped train me every day I was around them. These lessons on the baseball diamond provide me great reminders when listening to my client’s goals and objectives or when dealing with a judge who is unsympathetic to my client’s position.  Although I love sharing legal victories with my clients, there’s nothing quite like seeing the euphoria of the boys storming the field after a game-winning walk-off hit.

Divine Child 2008 Walk-Off Win


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