The best teams are team in any sport that lose themselves in the team. The individuals lose their identity. And their identities come about as a result of being in the team first.
Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.
Players who are committed to the team first will find a way to help when things are going bad, they will do whatever it takes. Kids that are more into themselves will not do that. They will take care of themselves and get more individual when things are tough.
In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first ahead of personal glory.
Rolen's the perfect baseball player. It's his tenacity, his preparation, the way he plays. He tries to do everything fundamentally sound. And he puts the team team first-there's no fanfare with him.
I think, team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed.