The Kansas City Royals have had a fantastic 2015 season, and it is not over yet. As of last night, they beat the Toronto Blue Jays, and became the ALCS champions. They are headed to the World Series on Tuesday.
The Kansas City Royals are known for playing what is referred to as small ball. They provide great examples of teamwork–the main ingredient of small ball. Each player makes an effort to cooperate with his teammates, and do his best for the good of the team. Although the Royals have set and broken many individual statistical records this season, their focus is not on individual efforts. The team is what matters. They look out for one another. The Washington Post tells more about how this is accomplished.
Small ball does not rely completely on one hitter to produce a home run with every at-bat. Each player does his best to get on base, get another player home, or to get an out against the opposing team. With this, players are not in competition with anyone else on the team. They are all equal in that regard. Competition is put forth against the opposing team. Their focus is on working together, and pulling together to create the best possible outcome. If one player is not in line with the others, the whole team suffers. The Kansas City Royals show that teamwork, through their small ball efforts, bring about exciting and winning results.
Each player has more or less experience as his teammates, and each has his own strengths and weaknesses. With training, teaching, and coaching, these players find what works best to make things happen. By being open and receptive to the training, teaching, and coaching, players are better able to improve their weaker areas, and shine up their stronger areas. Cooperation, with coaches, trainers, and each other, is a necessity. They watch, listen, and learn from each other, and build each other up.
According to God’s Game Plan: The Athlete’s Bible, “Being a good team player is critical to most athletes’ performance. Each of us must learn how to cooperate with others, work together, and share together all our wins and losses. This is virtually true of the Christian life as well. Nobody is a superstar. We each play a unique and significant role on God’s team,” (2009, God’s game plan: The athlete’s bible 2009, HCSB, p. 1473, Nashville, TN: LifeWay Press).
Teamwork in everyday life is brought about through the same efforts of cooperation, working together, focusing on the team effort, and helping each other in whatever way possible. This applies to relationships, the work environment, sports, and other parts of life. Arguments, losses, and downfalls are inevitable, as they are a part of life. With teamwork, though, the low points come less often, and pass by more quickly. Working together, with a positive perspective, acts as a method of reinforcement to bring the out the best in life. When people work together, and care about each other, life becomes brighter, more fun, and the the low spots are easier, as others provide encouragement and assistance.
Romans 12: 16-18 says, “Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all,” (1989, The new revised standard version bible, New York, NY: American Bible Society).