Hello, my name is Mike Cox and I am a catcher for the Club Baseball Team. With wins and losses put aside my team defines excellence as willing to go the extra mile. We define it as willing to put in extra work when it isn’t easy, when you’ve had a long day of classes or clinical, lots of homework or several tests to study for but you are still willing to go and put the extra work in. Putting in extra work is easy when you have plenty of spare time to do it, but those who are truly excellent find time to get their work in. Excellence on our team looks like the guys who show up early to get some groundballs or hacks in the cage. Excellence looks like the guys who are willing to get dirty to not let a ball past them, it looks like a pitcher who’s spending extra time in bullpens to get a pitch right, it looks like I guy taking a few hundred more swings to work out of a slump.
Our team builds a culture of excellence by inspiring our teammates around us to work as hard as everyone else does, nobody ever shows up early alone and nobody ever stays late alone. As Derek Jeter said, “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” Even through the strikeouts, ground-balls, pop-ups, and errors on the field, we always strive to look forward to the next play to do better. Hopefully come spring we can continue the excellence we had with our fall season going 4-0 and make some noise during playoffs and show the league what true excellence looks like.