On this Independence Day weekend I thought it would be appropriate to acknowledge Rick Monday and his outstanding act of patriotism in April of 1976. I believe it is our duty as coaches to teach our players about being proud of the American flag and what it stands for.
It was always one of my favorite parts of the game to stand on the chalk line and listen to the National Anthem when I was a player. I still remember the fields I played on and made a point to ingrain the memory in my head so I could look back on those times when I was older. It brings a smile to my face as I am writing this article as I think back to my home fields in high school, college and pro baseball. Don’t be ashamed to sign the anthem out loud and even have a tear in your eye when you are doing it.