Michael's Golden Rules
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books Copyright © 2007 Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
All right reserved.ISBN: 978-0-689-87016-3
Jonathan bit his lip as he readied himself to swing. Two outs and bases loaded. The count was 3 and 2. He was ready.
The pitcher wound up. The ball whizzed past Jonathan as he swung and missed. "Strike three, you're out."
Jonathan slowly walked back to the dugout. He could hear calls of "that's okay" and "we'll get them next time," but all he wanted was to go home.
Jonathan walked home from the game with his best friend, Michael, and Michael's uncle Jack. Jonathan was glad Uncle Jack was here today, since Jonathan's mom had had to work.
"You boys played a good game."
Jonathan couldn't help saying, "But we lost. How could we have played a good game when we lost?"
"There's a lot more to a game than winning or losing, Jonathan. It's all about how you play the game. That's what makes a player great. That's what counts."
Jonathan was silent and Michael piped up. "Uncle Jack knows a lot about baseball. Uncle Jack, tell us about the ten golden rules of baseball. The ones you made up when you played in college. Please."
"Why don't you come by tomorrow, boys, and we can talk then." Jonathan couldn't wait.
The next day, Saturday, Michael and Jonathan walked the few blocks from their neighborhood to Uncle Jack's house.
"Hi, boys. I'm glad you came by. I have my book here that Michael told you about - my book of golden rules. These got me through some tough games in school. Maybe they'll help you, too."
Michael and Jonathan read through the rules.
1. Know the game.
2. Pay attention to the coach at all times.
3. Know your opponent.
4. Be a team player.
5. Practice a winning attitude.
6. Find out what you do best.
7. Find out what you need to work on.
8. Practice, practice, practice.
9. Learn from your mistakes.
10. Have fun!
"Wow! Thanks, Uncle Jack!" said Michael.