ARTICLE OF THE DAY
Importance of Character
by Josh Spence
What qualities make up a
good baseball player? A good batting average, on base percentage,
earned run average, someone that performs in the clutch? Coaches
and scouts alike drool over qualities such as these. However,
lately it has become quite obvious to me that coach Randy Mazey and his
staff consider some other qualities equally important.
The parent of one of the Pirate players recently told me an interesting
story. On a recent road trip with the team he said that he was
approached randomly inside the team’s hotel. The man that
approached him mentioned that all weekend long he had been in an
elevator full of baseball players. He must have had pre-conceived
ideas, or maybe some prior experiences that molded his thinking on how
college athletes should behave. But with the Pirates, the man
said it was nothing but top-notch behavior: ”Yes, sir”, “Yes, ma’am”
and "Thank you." The man was very complimentary and needless to
say very impressed.
On another recent trip I myself witnessed something pretty
impressive. While sitting in an airport waiting for our flight to
arrive, one of the Pirates provided some much needed assistance.
There was a woman taking care of an elderly gentleman in a
wheelchair. The man had been moved into the seats in the waiting
area, but now needed to get back in the wheelchair to board the
flight. The woman that was helping him managed to get him on his
feet, but actually getting him in the chair proved a little more
difficult. Immediately Pirate pitcher Chris Powell hopped out of
his chair and assisted the man into his wheelchair. Sure it may
have been a simple deed, but it just goes to show the high character
possessed by the entire team.
The East Carolina baseball team is also consistently among the top
performers in the classroom, not only at ECU, but in the
conference. Sure on field performance is what coaches and scouts
look for. But at ECU you have to have good character as well.