MLB Pitcher handles heckler using Yin and Yang

While sitting in the dugout, Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel recently dealt with an obnoxious heckler in a most excellent way. Instead of responding in anger, like so many people do when there is confrontation, Keuchel tossed the heckler a ball. On it, he had written this: "Thanks for helping pay my salary today - (heart) #60"

I Love it! By responding in this way, Keuchel took all power from the heckler by having the discipline to not get sucked into a negative conversation that leads nowhere except a possible negative outcome. If players would follow this example during the game (not likely in the big-leagues) when dealing with each other, they might find it easier to maintain their own focus, which is finding a way to win the game. Pitchers getting upset when a hitter admires his homerun before running the bases is one example. Yes, it's disrespectful when a hitter does this, but by confronting the hitter in anger, the pitcher is playing right into the hitters goal: getting into the pitchers head. By responding in anger, which many times starts a physical confrontation, the players remind us of two little boys, one of them saying, "You take that back or else!" - Being disrespectful by admiring his homerun instead of just lowering his head and running the bases is this hitters personal weakness; he lacks humility. The pitcher, by not responding, will leave the hitter with that weakness and it will eventually be their undoing. It is a losing way.

Keep your cool, and with a clear mind you will learn to respond to disrespectful people by defeating them or allowing them to defeat themselves. You may even earn their respect in the process. - A good lesson for young players. This is a winning way. ---- NINTAI (Patience, Perseverance, Endurance)

2 comments

  • lynn
    lynn
    So true!

    So true!

  • Brian
    Brian
    I agree totally. You can achieve an upper edge in any sport by following the golden rule. Kill them with kindness. Makes the others wonder You will distract them because of your good hearted response and now you are in control of yourself and the situation.

    I agree totally. You can achieve an upper edge in any sport by following the golden rule. Kill them with kindness. Makes the others wonder You will distract them because of your good hearted response and now you are in control of yourself and the situation.

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