While getting to know Will Benson, Outfielder and Designated Hitter for the Cleveland Indians, it was easy to understand how his infectious style and spirit sets him apart. Will was drafted to the Cleveland Indians as the 14th overall pick in the 2016 First Round not just for his baseball skills, but who he is as a person.
While getting to know Alex Kirilloff, Outfielder for the Minnesota Twins, it was easy to see that although he took an unusual path, it led still led him to his dream of becoming a First Round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Alex took online classes instead of attending High School and was able to dedicate more time to his dream, a direction he felt God was leading him to.
Life can get good. Real good. The wake up jacked for the day good. The in love with life good. The success around every corner good. Life can also get bad. Real bad. The cry yourself to sleep bad. The domino effect of hardships bad. The everything is going wrong bad. Failed businesses, lost jobs, the weight of debt, broken relationships, overwhelming loss of a loved one – in those moments I always run to God. I sprint and you best believe I pray for Usain Bolt like speed as I do it. But success, wealth, and validating applause can not only turn our run into a walk, but it can make us so complacent in our chasing that we decide we can just take a seat in the stadium and watch ourselves play the best game of our lives.
I lost my dad just over 5 years ago. He was 55, and had a whole lot of life to live and we had a whole lot of life to live with him. It would be easy for me to focus on the moments my family and I have lost with him gone than it would be to find the moments of gratitude despite his absence.
While getting to know Bowdien "Bubba" Derby, it didn't take long to notice a small detail that makes him different than a lot of athletes. Getting drafted to the MLB out of college can leave a lot of room for highlighting strikeout records and boasting an impressive ERA as a rookie. Instead, he highlighted the importance of thinking simple – one pitch at a time – and boasting about following God's plan for him, not his own.
Back in 2006 I came back from playing professional soccer in Sweden and had this grandiose idea that Salt Lake City desperately needed a sneaker shop. A grandiose idea that with some amazing help from some key people, actually became a reality. On 10/10/2006 I opened the sneaker and clothing boutique, “10”. I have stories for days.
Without going into detail, here are my “top 10” (1-10, 10 being the best).