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Now that’s teamwork!


Bring on the Ale!

I don’t really get so excited about sports, but every now and then I am impressed by stories of team work or the integrity of the players.  This is one such story.

Many of the readers probably know the story better than myself.  However for those who do not know yet, I will try to explain what I have learned.

Josh Hamilton, who recently won the Most Valuable Player award in baseball (MVP award), has a remarkable history.  His career started in 1999, and after an accident, he became heavily involved with drugs and alcohol.  After many years of struggling through rehab and trying to get his game on, (pun intended), he made it back to the game and hit the drugs out of his whole ball park in 2007.  Since then his numbers have only gotten better and he stays far away from the drugs. All of his hard work and inner battles paid off and probably made his life that much more meaningful.

So when the team had their victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, instead of using the traditional champagne, they doused their sober teammate with ginger ale instead.

What a terrific way for the team to show that they really support him!  With each bottle of ginger ale they were saying, “We couldn’t have done this without you. Your struggles are our struggles.  We’re with you all the way.”

That’s real teamwork.  All for one and one for all.

That’s how it should be for all of us in life.

A husband and wife have to work as a team also. Right now, our game is called, “Take Me Out to Learn Hebrew.”

Being a new immigrant to Israel, I have to get up and learn Hebrew.  I have to get up at 5:00 in the morning (whether or not the little guy slept well or not), to get food and things prepared for myself and my son, not to mention all the other things to do when getting ready to get out the door in the morning.  If it wasn’t for my husband, there would be many mornings I would not be able to get out the door in time to catch my bus.

My hubby, my teammate, performs so well for our game.

He takes care of the baby if needed.  He helps prepare the food.  He changes the diaper and dresses our little guy.  He makes sure that I have what I need, including enough water to drink and food to eat.  He stays on top of things to make sure I stay on top my game.

I wish I could say the same thing about myself when it comes to helping him with his challenges outside the home.  I think he is more patient than me, and our son’s needs and my needs always take priority with him.

If you are a good teammate, you put the needs of another first.  Josh Hamilton will not let himself smell the alcohol.  His teammates wanted to celebrate with him, so they used ginger ale instead.  That’s real teamwork: taking care of each individual for the sake of the whole team.

Now that’s a sport I want to practice.


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