Want to Inspire Your Team for Success? Check Out These 11 Quotes From World Series Champs.
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With the first game of the World Series playoffs around the bend, it’s hard not to feel the buildup of excitement for the baseball teams in the running. Making it to the playoffs is not an accident, but the result of blood, sweat and tears -- and teamwork.
Like in Major League Baseball, entrepreneurs have to know how to share the love for what they do, work with a team and inspire those around them toward goals, big and small.
With that in mind, here are 11 inspirational quotes from figures in Major League Baseball. These snippets from major moments in MLB can serve as a springboard to motivate you and your team in the game of life.
“There may be people who have more talent than you. But there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”
“[Coach Tom Kelly] would say, 'There's 25 of you guys rowing this boat, and if one of you guys drops your oar we're going to sink. Every single one of you is going to help float this river for 162 games. So don't be the guy who drops your oar.'”
Pitcher George Frazier started his career with the New York Yankees and later went on to pitch for the Minnesota Twins, when coach Tom Kelly was the team’s manager. Under Kelly’s leadership, Frazier and his teammates took home two World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.
“The chemistry and camaraderie that [our team] had was phenomenal. We liked each other, and we enjoyed each other's company. It was special because that chemistry off the field translated to on the field. That had a lot to do with our success that season, no question.”
Hall of Famer Wade Boggs played for the Boston Red Sox for 11 seasons before jumping the fence to the New York Yankees. The swap paid off. In 1996, Boggs and the team took home the World Series championship title.
"It's amazing what a group of guys who play like a team can accomplish. I'm numb that we have won two World Series in the last three years."
This quote was taken from 2013, after the San Francisco Giants won their second World Series championship. Manager Bruce Bochy, who joined the Giants in 2007, led the team to a subsequent (and third) title in 2014.
“Try not to suck.”
Formerly a manager for the Tampa Bay Rays, Joe Maddon joined the Chicago Cubs in 2014. His down-to-earth, blue-collar upbringing frequently comes across in his quips and press dealings, and in 2016, his leadership helped the Cubs capture the World Series.
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.”
Take it from World Series champ, Babe Ruth, who was one of the first inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Ruth started his career playing for the Boston Red Sox and was later traded to the team that he would help earn four World Series titles, the New York Yankees.
“The best possible thing in baseball is winning the World Series. The second best thing is losing the World Series.”
Even losing the World Series means something, according to Tommy Lasorda, who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 years (1976-1996). While under the guidance of the Baseball Hall of Famer, the Dodgers came out on top for two World Series playoffs.
“I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.”
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“Don't worry about your individual numbers. Worry about the team. If the team is successful, each of you will be successful, too.”
Hall of Famer Branch Rickey is known as the general manager who had a nose for talent, discovering and hiring Jackie Robinson during a time when baseball was a segregated sport. During his time managing the St. Louis Cardinals, the team brought home three World Series wins.
"Be respectful. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Respect the lowest rank and the highest rank and you'll never get in trouble."
Alex Rodriguez started with the Seattle Mariners and signed a lucrative 10-year contract with the Texas Rangers before he was traded to the New York Yankees. It was with the Yankees he earned a World Series championship ring in 2009. Rodriguez retired as a player from the team in 2016.
“If I would have told somebody that I was going to win the World Series in New York City when I was a kid, they probably would have laughed. I did it, though, proving that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and work hard. It doesn't matter where you come from or how you are raised. Anything is possible in this country. Anything.”
Jerry Koosman was a pitcher for the New York Mets when the team won the World Series playoffs in 1969.