The Momentum Express

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Had our 2nd baseball tournament with our 10U Let Them Play squad down in Arizona a few weeks ago…

The team was put together with some friends of mine that all have kids around the same age. Although the boys are from all over the country and we have a good amount of Dad’s that played professional baseball, this isn’t any sort of super-team… We are extremely young and only had one official 10 year old on the team while the rest of the boys are still 8 & 9. 

That said, these little dudes can play and gosh damn they compete for their asses off… 

We were fortunate to win 2 very close games to start off the tournament and guarantee us the #1 seed for our side of the bracket… Going into the 3rd and final round-robin game, we knew we already locked up the best position for bracket play that we could, so we let all the young kids pitch & basically run the asylum. Good idea from a development standpoint but the other team took advantage of our inexperience and jumped all over us.

Our boys hung in there and fought back but we were down several runs going into the final inning. Knowing our next game was immediately after this one and it was going to be a win or go home contest, I knew it was time to teach the little groms about the almighty and powerful force that has the potential to become any team’s best friend…

MOMENTUM.

I gathered all the players in front of the dugout and although I’m not exactly sure how the speech went down, it sounded something like this…

“Listen here young Go Hards, you dudes are getting WHACKED… These boys are absolutely destroying you. They brought you, kids, behind the woodshed and are giving y’all a good ole fashioned ass whooping… 

But guess what?!?!? 

I got some good news… This game actually doesn’t mean anything as far as the standings for this tournament is concerned… NADA, ZERO, ZILCH.  

That said, I also got a little harsh reality for you Go Hards… The next game is a DO OR DIE, contest boys, & I’m not ready to go home yet. Anybody know what time the next game starts???”

“2pm Coach…” 

“Wrong answer mini Stevie SuperSoft…”

“Oh I know, I know!!!” 

“Yes, small Sammy Savage…”

“The next game starts RIGHT NOW!!!!!” 

“EXACTLY!!!! I am not sure it’s possible for us to come back in this one but that doesn’t matter, we just ran out of innings… What does matter is that we are about to fire up the engine to the MOMENTUM TRAIN and once this thing gets on the tracks ain’t nobody going to be able to stop it… Not this team and surely not the next.

All we have to do is hop on this bad boy and it will not be stopped… Get in the dugout boys, grab your coconuts and pick out a whooping stick because we are about to unleash FURY.

This locomotive is going to move FAST and we are about to go for a helluva RIDE dudes… 

THE MOMENTUM TRAIN TO VICTORY TAKES OFF RIGHT NOW!!!! 

LETS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!” 

Sure as shit these little fuckers put up a 5 spot in the last inning of that game then pounded the next team for 5 more runs in the first inning of the next one and basically did not slow down until we ran into an absolute juggernaut in the championship game… Even then, we scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st off of the best 10U pitcher & team that we’ve seen.

Of course, I was just trying to fire up the boys and they very easily could have gone down 1,2,3 after the speech, but once the first dude got on base and then the second kid reached base, the energy in the dugout was like nothing I’ve ever seen and it just absolutely steamrolled from there… 

Sometimes we have a hard time quantifying and qualifying things that we can’t physically see… Yet think back to all the great times in our life when things were really rolling and one great venture and opportunity so simply and easily led to the next… 

That’s the Momentum Express at full steam ahead.

Sure we will have to stop at stations and we may get derailed from time to time, but the great thing is that so long as we keep putting in the work and tossing coals on the fire, this train keeps GOING… 

Doubt is very normal when we are talking about an invisible force, but for those who still question whether or not the Momentum Express really exists, I would recommend asking the twelve LTP Go Hard 8, 9 & 10 year olds and see what they have to say…

-EB