"The Babe ain't wrong!'
One of my sports heros is Babe Ruth
You don't have to be a baseball fan (but I am) to admire the great Babe Ruth. The Great Bambino, Sultan of Swat, born George Herman Ruth, Jr., in 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland, One of eight children born to his working-class German parents. Young George had a troubled childhood and youth. His parents didn't have much time for him and he grew up mostly on the streets.
In 1902, his parents sent him to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, in Baltimore, an asylum for incorrigible and orphans run by the Xaverian Brothers order of the Roman Catholic Church. He eventually became a ward of the school. George Ruth had every reason and excuse to be anything but successful.
But Fate had other plans. Baseball found him as a student at St. Mary's. In 1914, Jack Dunn brought young George onto the Baltimore Orioles, a minor league team. It was here that he was given the nickname 'Babe' as one of Jack Dunn's 'babes'.
From there, Babe Ruth found his way to the Boston Red Sox, and in 1920, is contract was sold to the NY Yankees. Over the course of his career, Babe Ruth amazssed an amazing 714 home runs - a record not surpassed until 1974 by the one and only Hank Aaron. This is a guy who could call his hits!
With team mate Lou Gherig, Babe Ruth was a huge part of great Yankee dynasty of the
1920s and early 1930s. Between 1921 and 1932 the Yankees won seven pennants and four World Series. Babe Ruth played 22 seasons in the big leagues and amassed an incredible list of statistics over the years.
Not a saint
Babe Ruth was anything but a saint. He over indulged in just about everything. His whole existance was larger than life and he made the most of it. Food, women, booze and not great with money. His life was one of excesses in almost every manner.
This is a guy who never gave up.
This is a guy who swung for the fence every time. There was no holding back. Babe Ruth showed up, ready to play, made no excuses. He contributed in a huge way to his team's success. There are three of Babe Ruth's quotes hanging in my grandson's baseball-themed room; "Don't let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game"; "You can't beat a person who doesn't give up". And of course, from my favorite movie, 'The Sandlot', "Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart and you'll never go wrong". The Babe ain't wrong!!!
I hope that seeing these great quote throughout his life will inspire Jack to keep his aspirations high and to dream big. And of course, Jack will be hearing 'you don't get what you don't go for' from me on a regular basis just to round it out.
So swing for the fence!
Call your shot. Give it your best. Don't let the fear of failure keep you from playing your game, wether it is affiliate marketing or anything else. You've got nothing to lose! At the very least, you will know that you gave it everything you had. That in itself is worth celebrating without regret.
Keep swinging for the fence!