Keep your head up at all times

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2012 by Travis Cody in

You know, we make mistakes.  That's just natural.  Life isn't about the list of mistakes we make.  It's about how we react to the mistakes, and what we do next that counts.

Dee Gordon plays shortstop for my Dodgers.  In last night's game, he committed 2 bad throwing errors in the 3rd inning, allowing 2 runs to score.  My Dodgers had lost 7 games in a row and fallen behind San Francisco by a game in the NL West.

Gordon is a young player.  That first throwing error was a young player's error.  He had plenty of time to make the throw and he rushed.  The second error was baseball cruelty...make a bad play and the next ball finds you before you've had a chance to shrug off the mistake.  But mistakes happen.  Even the best make errors once in awhile.  The best fielding percentage ever by a shortstop was .9982 in 2002.  That's 1 error in 570 chances.

So Gordon made 2 errors, back to back.  What did he do next?

In his next at bat, he singled.  In his next at bat after that, he reached on an error and stole 2nd base.  In his next at bat after that, he singled, stole 2nd base, then stole 3rd base, then scored on another error to start a 4 run rally that put the cap on the Dodgers' first win in over a week.

Of course, because baseball can be a fickle his final at bat, Gordon pulled up with a tweaked hamstring on a ground out.

You know what they call that? 



  1. Akelamalu says:

    Everyone makes mistakes eh?

  1. TopChamp says:

    yey - needed some motivation. That'll do x

  1. Jean(ie) says:

    I was watching the olympic gymnastics trials last night. One young lady had a very difficult time. I loved taht she re-started twice.

    It took her a lot of guts to do that. Some would give up. (She evidently did give up), but I applauded her for trying.

    Sometimes we all need to adopt a still-standing attitude. After all we aren't perfect and we do make mistakes.

    Thanks for my Monday wisdom. Hope all is well your way!

  1. so glad he could help his team come back and win after his two bad throws. everyone makes mistakes and should be allowed to continue the game to correct themselves. have a great day~

  1. several of the young guys are having a tough season.