Mickey Mantle began to learn about baseball before…

Mickey Mantle began to learn about baseball before he learned to walk. While still in the cradle his father had a tiny uniform cut down to his size. At five, he learned to switch-hit. Every day after school, his father or grandfather would pitch tennis balls as hard as they could throw for batting practice. When he would hit one and break a window, his father would praise him. He grew up to become the great homerun king of the New York Yankees. It is amazing to me that fathers everywhere will go to great lengths to help their sons or daughters develop athletic skills, but ignore coping skills. Many spend hours showing a son how to grip a bat, but never show them how to get a grip on life. Hours are spent teaching boys how to pass a football, but little is spent teaching how to pass through the pearly gates. It makes me wonder whether all the effort is for the child’s benefit or the parent’s. Of the hundreds of thousands few will ever play professional sports, but every single one will have to cope with life. This is Just-a-Minute

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