You’re in the dugout or on the bench, right along the third baseline. Your teammate slug bunts and the third baseman makes a terrific fielding play. After the third baseman recovers and takes his normal position, you take
the top step in your dugout or you get up off your bench – look towards the opposing team’s third baseman and speak out … “nice play third base!”
Without further address, you take your seat and continue watching the game. You know the game is of skill and grace, of heart and determination –regardless who makes the play. That’s what baseball people do !
An umpire makes a call that doesn’t go your way. It may be obvious at the time that the call was wrong – but you swallow your emotions and the game goes on. You recognize that the umpire(s) are the representatives of baseball. The official standard of the game. Respecting their authority and judgment is respecting the game itself. That’s what baseball people do !
Your club wins and you’re lining up to shake hands with the opposing team. As you pass by a player or players that made some great plays at the plate or on the field, you remember that and compliment those players as you shake their hand. That’s what baseball people do !
As the game ends, and your shaking hands with the opposing team, one of the coaches is a lady coach. You first remove your hat – as a gesture of courtesy, then proceed to shake the lady’s hand politely. That’s what baseball people !
Does any of this sound like you? If so, welcome to the family of baseball people!