McSpadden’s pre-championship speech: ‘All hands on deck’
Friday, 20 May 2011 09:25
By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
A signature approach to the game of baseball over the years by Seward coach Galen McSpadden might be called an even keel.
McSpadden and his players rarely get very high or very low. With the number of games played, McSpadden always tries to avoid the emotional roller coaster that many teams experience.
The celebration after the Region VI championship victory was a rare moment of excitement. The Saints dog piled near the mound after earning a trip the NJCAA College World Series.
Perhaps it is the high standards that McSpadden places on his team that falling short of a national tournament appearance really isn’t anything to celebrate.
Two hours before the celebration at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, McSpadden gathered his team for the pre-game speech, and it wasn’t an emotional appeal. It was seven words long:
“All hands on deck. Let’s finish this.”
That’s the matter-of-fact approach that McSpadden has instilled in his teams over the years.
He expects his players to have the same approach to the game in their preparation. A month ago, McSpadden gathered his pitching staff when Seward was 18-12 and challenged them to step up. He didn’t want them to change the mechanics of their game, but their approach to it.
“The pitching staff recommitted a month ago,” McSpadden said. “It had nothing to do with changing anything physically, but everything with approach and commitment. After that, we never had to tell them to go run. They took it on themselves.
The Saints went on a 26-6 run to finish the season including sweeps of the Region VI tournaments.
Now, the Saints are poised to not only make an appearance at the national tournament, but with the business-like approach, they are ready to win it.