FROM THE WINNINGEST COACH IN NCAA DIVISION I HISTORY, A GUIDE TO PRACTICING PERFECT AND PLAYING FOR FUN
While the statistics speak for themselves, Augie Garrido, the legendary baseball coach, is far from a “win-at-all-costs” leader. Rather, he focuses on building men of quality, teaching that lessons learned on the diamond can be applied to any facet of life. Life Is Yours to Win offers a refreshing approach to seizing life’s opportunities and understanding that trophies are not the true goal. Garrido’s advice includes:
• BE A PLAYER, NOT A PROSPECT—Garrido once used a game of catch with his Labrador retriever to show a team playing without heart the character it takes to be fully engaged as a ballplayer.
• STEP UP, SUPERMAN—Garrido stages a costumed Superhero Scrimmage each Halloween to remind his players that their inner superhero is just waiting to be realized.
• THE FEARLESS FIELD—Master fear and other emotions so that they don’t paralyze you. Renting a hearse and placing a casket on the pitcher’s mound helped a slumping Cal State team “bury” their fears and put past losses behind them.
• BUDDHA AT BAT—Small ball is not glorified like the home run, but the bunt does advance the runners and puts runs on the board. Small successes add up to big victories on and off the field.
Garrido’s coaching methods are often unconventional, but as seen in Life Is Yours to Win, his creativity and wry humor always lead to unforgettable lessons.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction Kevin Costner ix
Chapter 1 For Love of the Game 1
Chapter 2 A Chickenshit, Dooflopper, and Curb Cryer 14
Chapter 3 The Fearless Field 40
Chapter 4 The Game of Failure 89
Chapter 5 Be a Player, Not a Prospect 114
Chapter 6 Small Ball/Big Game 131
Chapter 7 Step Up, Superman 149
Chapter 8 The Tao of Teamwork 169
Chapter 9 The Reward Is Not on the Scoreboard 198
Chapter 10 Five Things I Think I Know about Baseball 221
Chapter 11 Be Your Own Best Friend 247