The C’s

CARE: Scott Shannon

Our “C” word for November is CARE. In the CYITML definition, a leader who exhibits CARE: Puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Because of both the timing (early November) and the subject matter (CARE), this is a chance to re-post an article about a former college pitcher and close friend, Scott Shannon. You’re likely in the 98 percent of people reading this who’ve never heard of Scott and, possibly not even Lipscomb University. … Read more

COMPETITOR: Mike Moustakas

This month’s “C” word is COMPETITOR, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone that has the desire and ability to compete; high expectations; is tough-minded; and brings the best out of teammates. When thinking about that definition in regards to baseball, many players and instances come to mind. One of the most fitting for the Royals in recent years is former infielder and fan favorite, Mike Moustakas. One of the … Read more

COMPETITOR: Dayton on Competing

This month’s “C” word is COMPETITOR, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues’ lingo, means someone that has the desire and ability to compete; high expectations; is tough-minded; and brings the best out of teammates. During his regular Friday morning chat with Bob Fescoe on 610 Sports Radio, our Founder and Executive Director Dayton Moore took the definition a step further. Competing — the desire to compete — is perhaps the most important … Read more

COMPETITOR: Tom Watson

This month’s “C” word is COMPETITOR. In the CYITML definition, COMPETITOR is someone with a desire and ability to compete; high expectations; tough-minded, or an ability to overcome; and brings the best out of teammates. This week, though, we’re leaving team sports to focus on an individual who has embodied COMPETITOR throughout his career: Tom Watson, who led last weekend’s Senior British Open on Saturday. The following is an article that was previously written for … Read more

CONFIDENCE: Kelvin Herrera

Our “C” word this month is CONFIDENCE. The word can mean many things, but it boils down to this in the CYITML definition: Accepts constructive criticism; will try something new; positive attitude; views self as a winner. Keeping in mind the idea of trying something new, consider going to a new country for work, having never visited that country, and not knowing how to speak the language. In the game of baseball, so many Latin … Read more

CONFIDENCE: Leo and the Bird

Our “C” word this month is CONFIDENCE. That word can mean so many things, but it boils down to this in the CYITML definition: Accepts constructive criticism; will try something new; positive attitude; views self as a winner. One person who stands out from Royals’ history who exuded CONFIDENCE on the mound is Dennis Leonard. In a career that included 144 wins, a franchise-best 103 complete games and 23 shutouts (both likely will remain at … Read more

COMPREHENSION: Whit Merrifield

Life hits us with curveballs with situations that we may have never encountered before. That’s especially true at work, sometimes on a day-to-day basis. Situations that test who we are. Situations that test our reactions. One particular Royal was tested in a way he probably hadn’t experienced for a few years. This month’s “C” word is COMPREHENSION, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone who applies instruction, has a strong … Read more

COMPREHENSION: Mike Jirschele

In a world where understanding can be one of the most difficult things to grasp, a certain Royal understood the game of baseball so intently that many of us wouldn’t have even thought to recognize. The particular Royal isn’t your common household name, but has had a huge impact on the Royals’ success: Mike Jirschele. This month’s “C” word is COMPREHENSION, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone who applies … Read more

COMPREHENSION: Monty & Mac

This month’s “C” word is COMPREHENSION, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone who applies instruction, has a strong aptitude, makes adjustments at appropriate times, and has the ability to adjust quickly. When thinking about that definition in regards to baseball, many players and instances come to mind. There are in-game moments, when a batter hits to the opposite field and beats the shift, for instance. Then there are those … Read more

CONCENTRATION: Mark Gubicza

This month’s “C” word is CONCENTRATION. In “C” You In The Major Leagues’ vernacular, CONCENTRATION is a person who has the ability to focus; hones instincts; prepares with a purpose. Any player who’s been successful in the major leagues could check off CONCENTRATION as a character trait. That’s especially true for pitchers. In Royals’ history, one who sticks out as much as any other is Mark Gubicza. A full version of this story about Gubicza … Read more

CONCENTRATION: Ken Dugan and the ’71 Bisons

This month’s “C” word is CONCENTRATION. In “C” You In The Major Leagues’ definition, CONCENTRATION is a person who has the ability to focus; hones instincts; prepares with a purpose. What happens when an entire team shares that CONCENTRATION? It doesn’t happen often, but this is a chance for me to brag a little on my alma mater, Lipscomb University, and one of my heroes, long-time baseball coach Ken Dugan, who died in 2000. About … Read more

CHARACTER: Rick Monday and the Flag

This month’s “C” word has been CHARACTER. You could say it’s the “C” flagship of what we do as a foundation, and how we all want to act. In the CYITML lexicon, traits of CHARACTER: Applies moral principles; Learns from mistakes; Accepts responsibility; and Respects individuals. There aren’t many instances in Major League Baseball history that speak to CHARACTER better than what happened 42 years ago this week, on April 25, 1976. That’s the day … Read more

CHARACTER: Dayton Moore on what it means

This month’s “C” word has been CHARACTER. In the CYITML lexicon, traits of CHARACTER: Applies moral principles; Learns from mistakes; Accepts responsibility; and Respects individuals. Periodically throughout the year, we’ll get more in-depth with CYITML Founder and Executive Director Dayton Moore about that month’s word. Since CHARACTER is such a big part of how we approach our work with the foundation, and the way each of us should approach life, it seems to be a … Read more

CARE: Les Hunter

This has been a funny month, as we’ve focused on our “C” word of CARE, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues’ dictionary includes: puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Earlier this month, because of his former team reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever, we featured ex-Lipscomb coach, Don Meyer. This week, because of the unlikely run of his alma mater, we’re featuring a previously published article … Read more

CARE: John Wooden

A lot can be said about timing. This week’s post, because of the NCAA Tournament and the fact that CARE is this month’s “C” word, has been scheduled to focus on John Wooden and the following sections from previously published story. Last week’s post, which wasn’t planned until Lipscomb University earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament, featured legendary college basketball coach, Don Meyer. When I was working on my first book, which included … Read more

CARE: Don Meyer

This month’s “C” word is CARE. In the “C” You In The Major Leagues definition, CARE includes: puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Obviously it applies on and off the field or court – player, coach, boss, mother, father, it doesn’t matter. Early this year, when we planned the 2018 “C” words for each month, we didn’t really imagine Lipscomb University would be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, after … Read more

CARE: Jim Dickey

It’s funny how life works sometimes. This month’s “C” word is CARE. In the “C” You In The Major Leagues definition, CARE includes: puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Although I have a few people in mind who embody CARE on and off the field, I wasn’t completely sure who’d be featured this week. But then I came across an article that life-long Kansas Citian and longtime sports anchor, Dave Stewart, wrote … Read more

COACH: Herb Brooks (via Ken Morrow) Part 2

There aren’t many sporting events that have stuck with Americans as a whole as much as the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union in 1980, and then subsequent gold medal win over Finland two days later. This month’s CYITML “C” word has COACH, which is someone who understands the game; is an independent thinker; a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. That can apply to our daily lives at home or at work, … Read more