After 162 regular season games, 30 odd exhibition games, and 8 months since pitchers and catchers reported for the start of Spring Training, it all comes down to one game. One tie breaking, winner goes to the play-offs and losers go home, season determining game. Quite the humbling thought – everything you have worked for is determined in one final game. Seems almost unfair when taking the long view of an entire season.
Imagine over the course of 162 games if just one game would have turned out differently for either team. If one player pushed just a touch harder and made the play. If team focus had never wavered. If there had never been the all too human desire to take it a little easy just for a couple games – get a little rest in the midst of the long season grind. Winners never lose focus. They never take it easy. They never mail it in and they never “just go through the motions”. They are able to maintain a constant, steady effort over a long season, a projects life-cycle, or even their own career. As the saying goes, they “take it one game at a time”.
Whenever that thought creeps up from the depth of our all too human mind. Whenever motivation waivers in the midst of the day-to-day grind. When the temptation is there to “mail it in this one time”. To not give it your personal best. Think of the Twins and Tigers and their one extra game to determine an entire season. A body of work is a culmination of every single day, of every single interaction, of every single moment. Always bring your best. You owe it to your team, to your family, to yourself – always.