Take Time to Admire Your Homeruns

Yoenis Cespedes, I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that the “unwritten rules” of baseball say that you can’t stop and admire your first professional homerun in the major leagues.

I’m sorry that Jason Vargas gave you grief about your extended “celebration” of the shot.

I’m sorry that from now on, whenever you crush the ball, we’ll be reminded by obnoxious sports reporters about your little hop and skip on your first homerun.

You see… I think this is one of the things wrong with baseball.

Did you see the celebration. Watch it first:

What is wrong with this? Cespedes KILLED the ball. In a huge pitchers friendly park. Down 5-0 before this.
Vargas, Get over yourself.
What is so wrong with taking a little enjoyment and pride in your work?
Why is baseball so different than other sports. In other sports, if you hole a birdie, take the checkered flag, or hit the three at the buzzer, you can celebrate the victory. Why is a momentary pause in the middle of the game a problem? Why does taking an extra 5 seconds to gaze at what you just accomplished (especially if it is your first homer) breaking an “unwritten rule” and get your name blasted on SportsCenter, and every other sports front page.
I don’t think Cespedes was showing up Vargas.
After reading this, I started to think about my situation. I’ve had those moments where I’ve hit the ball out of the park in a project or task. When it comes to web analytics, you can see some pretty quick results of your work. It is easy to feel a rush from success after you’ve poured a lot of hours into the task that led to that success. I think it is important to take a break as a team and celebrate the mini victories. I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing folks and experience incredible teamwork. Those who sacrifice in 11th hour scrambles to finish a project deserve recognition and celebration.
You leaders out there, make sure you recognize when someone hits it out of the park. When they crush a deadline or break a milestone, don’t allow them to just round the bases on their own and return to the bench alone. Admire the shot with them. Meet them at the plate and walk with them back to the dugout.
By the way, don’t forget that God is the one who enables us to succeed. He has given us the tools, the gifts, the talents, and has positioned us in experiences for His glory. He doesn’t want us to suppress our excitement when we’ve encountered his blessing on us. He wants us to celebrate our wins, but here’s the kicker, Our work should be used to bring glory to God.

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