Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – “Thou Shalt Not Steal” …Except in Baseball. Maybe!

I learned the Ten Commandments & the basic of baseball very early in life. And there was some confusion. The eighth commandment is, “Thou Shalt Not Steal” but in baseball I learned players were stealing bases….it seemed in every game and it was OK! Which brings me to the heart of this show; in baseball, when is “stealing” OK & where does it become stealing? Bases? Signs? The game itself? How about cheating? Is stealing cheating? Well, I thought others might like these questions addressed too. Especially, surprising as it might seem, there are many different viewpoints among coaches, players and parents. Given his extensive background, show guest, Carroll Land, Athletic Director-Point Loma Nazarene U. is a top resource to help us out here. After pitching for the Crusaders, Carroll served as the school’s baseball coach,’61-’99, prior to assuming AD duties. He has served baseball in many leadership roles including t member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and NAIA & ABCA president. Numerous awards Carroll has received include: ‘ 09 FCA Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching, ABCA Left Gomez award and NAIA & ABCA Hall of Fame.