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Baseball Lessons? Nah, Life Lessons! Everyone Feel Good Today!

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Real Estate Agent with Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office

Cal Ripken Jr., courtesy of NPRNothing and I mean nothing has taught me more about life than baseball (sorry Nick, I can't surf). Today is one of those feel good days when two of my all time favorite players got elected to The Baseball Hall of Fame. Cal Ripken Jr. was someone we all new we'd see when we went to games at Memorial Stadium and later, Camden Yard. Do I need to quote stats? I doubt that any of you have been in a cave, but let's just say he got up and went to work every day and did what he was supposed to do and loved to do. He honed his skills, he helped others learn the game, hone their skills, he had a loyalty to his brand and his teammates his family and his fans.

Tony Gwynn courtesy of his blog!Tony Gwynn played for the Padres his entire career. He was not a flashy player but he was an excellent athlete with a terrific work ethic and a winning personality that made everyone else on the team want to play with him (just read articles about him you will see what I mean.) I had less opportunity to watch him play, but I loved it when I could. Jon Miller used to be the Orioles announcer and when he went to ESPN I loved hearing him call the games when the Padres were featured, he ALWAYS focused on Tony Gwynn.

What did these two guys do that has anything to do with us? They learned their trade, they worked hard, they were more concerned about professionalism than money (at least relative to other players in the game). They excelled, they taught others, and they never gave up. I know it may seem like a stretch to feature them in a post about real estate, but think about it. We don't have to be flashy, we can be ourselves and learn everything we need to know about our neighborhoods. We can figure out what our niches are. For Ripken it was a niche he didn't seek, shortstop! But once he had it, he ran with it and perfected it. I thought I wanted to sell high end historic homes. It turns out I like combining my love of community development with neighborhood sales much better. So I can think of Cal and keep working at my trade. Tony Gwynn has talked a lot about his need to have a schedule, he was like Cal in that way.  He talked about consistency, getting out of the house on schedule for each game, he knew he needed time to prepare for what he was about to do: and it was important to him to keep practicing and excelling up until the day he retired. I'm an independent contractor but if I don't treat what I do like a profession I know I will undercut myself and my clients. That's not acceptable. It was never acceptable for Tony Gwynn or Cal Ripken Jr.

I can learn good things and bad things from baseball. Today I get to learn the warm and fuzzy stuff as two class acts got elected to the Hall of Fame.  Thank the gods it's only a few weeks until Spring Training. Oh, and thanks Tony and Cal  for reminding me  I have to hit my planner to get ready for tomorrow's workday.

Peace Out - 3C

Toby Boyce
C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. - Delaware, OH
MBA, Delaware Ohio

Great blog and there are certain people that just "get it" and these guys do -- and so do you.

Just one correction to Elaine's comment -- Archie is no longer in the athletic department, he is now presdent of the alumni association for Ohio State, he left about two years ago. It was a great opportunity and he was tired of being Assoc. Alumni Director. He is an amazing man and I really think Mr. Troy Smith is going to be very similar to him.

Jan 11, 2007 03:17 AM
Derek and Mariana Wagner
The Artisan Group- Keller Williams Premier Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
The Artisan Group - Colorado Springs REALTORSĀ®

Carole- This is quite the motivational post. Good on ya!! It is amazing how dedication, in any field can translate to our career. Determination and Faith are great assets! :o)

Jan 11, 2007 08:12 AM
Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
Real Estate Broker

Jeff - One of the reasons Jim Rice has nor made it is his numbers are not there and I think the biggest reason is the way he treated the press. They say he was not very approacable and at times nasty to the media. I think they only get 15 years to try and get in.

 

Jan 11, 2007 08:29 AM
Larry Vecchio
CondoDomain - Boston, MA

Carole, I am from Cleveland.  Grew up in Brook Park...I live in Boston now.  Anyway, I am a huge sports fan (played football through college and signed with the Browns as a free agent in 2000).  When I was a kid my good friend's father was a cop at the stadium.  After the ballgame's he would get us in to see the visiting players walk out of their locker rooms to get autographs (I met all the great ones personally). 

One night, I was able to get Cal Ripken Sr. (3rd base coach the time), Cal Ripken Jr. (SS), and Billy Ripken (2nd Base) all on one ML baseball.  I am sure the value just spiked with Cal's induction.  Thanks for the post.

Jan 11, 2007 03:24 PM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO

Jay: I think Eddie Murray got in, and rightfully so! Even though he wasn't known for schmoozing the press.  I think Jim Rice gets a bad rap; as for his stats, that I am not up on.

 

Nick, hello! A fellow Clevelander! What a great story about all those autographs. And it sounds lilke you are quite the athlete yourself.  I have fond memories of autographs when I was a little girl, outside the stadium. (A tad older than you so my players are , uh, older!)   Yes I would say the ball's value just went up up and up. I just showed a few condos two weekends ago in Brookpark, nice ones at a good price!  I attended quite a few games when all three Ripkens were playing, but I was living in Maryland then and never tried the autograph route.

Jan 11, 2007 03:50 PM
Larry Vecchio
CondoDomain - Boston, MA

Carole, I come back to Brook Park to visit my parents every couple months.  I will let you know when I am in town.  My company will open the Cleveland market soon and we are always looking to make new blogging relationships and or partners.

Jan 11, 2007 04:01 PM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
I grew up with the San Francisco Giants - Willie May, Bobby Bonds, Willie McCovey, Juan Marchial, Dick Dietz, and many others. In those days there was tremendous team and fan loyalty. Players stayed with the same team their entire career. You collected all the cards for YOUR team and never ever traded a Willie Mays for ANYTHING! Many of the "It's ALL about ME" egotistical players could learn some valuable lessons from Cal and Tony. There is no "i" in team. Wonderful post, Carole!
Jan 11, 2007 05:39 PM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO

Nick: So that means you will be doing condos here? It's exciting to know you will be opening business in Cleveland!

Rich: You know, I remember those days, and the teams have managed to do as much as the players to change that 'team' feeling,' which is sad. I take it that means you still have a Willie Mays? Don't tell George he will want it! lol. Lots of good players in that list you mention, Thanks Rich!

 

Jan 11, 2007 09:52 PM
Larry Vecchio
CondoDomain - Boston, MA
Well yes...not selling condos though.  We are a media company for condo develeopers and brokers and a search platform or online magazine for the condo home buyer.  We have some fun things happening soon.  http://activerain.com/blogsview/31724/Looking-for-Condo-Bloggers.
Jan 11, 2007 10:12 PM
Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
Real Estate Broker

Carole, Just yesterday on a sports talk show they said they think Jim Rice will get in next year. The main reason Jim didn't get in this year is due to the fact that Cal and Tony were eligible. They said next year there is not a banner crop of inductees. So, we shall see what we shal see come then.

Thanks Jay 

Jan 12, 2007 12:24 AM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
No Willie, unfortunately. All of my cards got tossed. Can you imagine what a May rookie card would go for today? <sigh>
Jan 12, 2007 04:35 AM
Maggie Dokic /Indialantic | 321-252-8696
Magdalena Dokic - Indialantic, FL
Selling the beach in Florida's space coast
Carole, I agree that it's a shame for McGwire.  I'm not much of a sports follower, but I sure did watch that year just to stare at his biceps ;-)  OK, OK, the tight pants too.  wow...how long ago was that??
Jan 12, 2007 06:02 PM
LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea
Sports figures can elevate the moral of the population. Cal Ripken was the work horse everyone looked up to. That is what we should thrive for as professionals.Put aside the personal stuff of your lives and go to the plate.Clients are not interested in your arthritis or your problems with your niece, unless they invite you to. Like the fans, our clients want consistency not flash in the pan.But Cal is a classy personality and stands among very few in that league.Sorry I am a Red Sox fan. My guy is Ortiz. When I see an athlete going beyong the usual I am inspired. They may be Lance Amstrong, Navratilova,Michelle Wang,Federer, Ali, Cal Ripken or Tony Gwynn. They push us to be better pros. Now I am going to go for a bike run and hope that I am not going to pull something! 
Jan 13, 2007 03:11 AM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO

Maggie: well maybe those biceps were just a tad enhanced eh? lol Thanks for commenting!

Lloyd: lol go for the gusto and enjoy the ride. I like your list, I have a slew of tennis heros like Michael Chang who did well in spite of being short, not an easy feat....and one of my all time sports heros Arthur Ashe. Class is something we can all strive for in life and now that I think of it, here on AR too!

 

Jan 13, 2007 03:18 AM
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

Great Post Carole!  Hail to the Redskins

I would normally pass by this post if it had anything to do with Football or Baseball, but you made it interesting and absorbing!

Thank You,

Debbie Cook - (from Cal Ripken's Home State)

PS
Do you think someone can help OUR Redskins?? 

Jan 16, 2007 04:19 AM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO

Hi Debbie: I remember all the Redskin glory years (80s?) seems like things have not kept pace lol. Maybe Joe Gibbs should have stayed in retirement? Or maybe they just need more experienced players? I have to admit, I'm more of a baseball fan than football fan so not sure! Hope your team gives you more reason to smile next year (hey, maybe they need to get back to the basics like we all talked about on this post lol)

You live in Silver Spring? I lived in Rockville for a long time. Love that whole area; saw a Blue Heron once in the middle of rush hour afternoon traffic flying over University Blvd. and Connecticut Avenue...this was about five years ago. Very cool memory :-)

Jan 16, 2007 06:21 AM
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA
I don't know much about baseball.  Someone called me the clean up batter for RCG the other day.  Had to ask what that was.  Still not sure.  Clean up duty does not sound good to me.
Jan 17, 2007 03:47 PM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
Hi Ardell, see it's like this; the first couple of batters are supposed to get on base. Then the clean up batter has the power babe; you are supposed to bring it on home - yer the power hitter is what they are telling you. Sounds like a compliment to me.
Jan 17, 2007 03:52 PM
Joel Sommers
VisOnTheNet - Kihei, HI
Cal Ripken Jr. is probably my alltime favorite baseball player and I was so proud when I saw him accepted into the HoF. I love your analogy between the two because it is so very true! The baseball greats (and some not-so-greats) have at times had incredible philosophies, the most important in my opinion is finding what gives you peace and puts you into a state of mind different from that of everyday stress and life. In many religions the point of life is to find peace within yourself, in real estate I imagine it is selling the properties/homes you enjoy the most, to the people you enjoy the most! "If you build it they will come"? I think it should actually be, "If you love what you sell, they will come" =) Life seems to unfold like that in the long run.
Jan 19, 2007 05:13 AM
Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
You sound like a wise person Joel and it's nice to meet you here, thank you. Look forward to learning more about you in your posts!
Jan 19, 2007 05:22 AM