Just some thoughts:
The country rock group Georgia Satellites had a hit with a song titled “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.”
While that might be good advice I suggest something else that might be good for one to do at certain times and that is “Keep your thoughts and your comments to yourself.” Especially around certain people you may come in contact with.
On one of my trips to Georgia to attend the Master’s golf tournament I stopped in Royston, Georgia and visited Ty Cobb’s grave. In doing so I was reminded of this story and about keeping thoughts and comments to one’s self.
Lou Criger was catcher on the Boston Red Sox’s baseball team when this young fella came on the major league scene. Criger has been the catcher on two American League Championship teams and felt he knew a thing or two.
A reporter ask him what he thought about this young Detroit Tigers player, Ty Cobb, and Criger replied, ” This Cobb is one of those ginks with a lot flash, but he doesn’t fool me, watch him wilt when the going gets tough, I’ll cut him down to size.”The following morning Ty Cobb read of this in the morning paper, he was enraged to say the least.
That afternoon with Cobb’s team playing Boston, first time at bat Cobb singled. When he got to first base he yelled at Criger, who was the opposing catcher that day, “Watch out you big baboon, I’m going down on the first pitch.”
First pitch and Cobb did exactly that and promptly stole second base. From second base he yells at Criger, “I’m takin’ third on the next pitch.”
On the next delivery Cobb he stole third. Jumping up from his slide at third he again yells at Criger, “I’m comin’ home, get out of my way, ice wagon.” As the pitcher went into his windup Cobb headed full-steam for home and beat the throw. Cobb had stolen three bases off Criger and called each shot before doing such.
Lou Criger would have been better off earlier when he was asked by a reporter what he thought about this new young player Ty Cobb, just keeping his mouth shut.
And you know what…sometimes each of us might find ourselves in similar situations where the best thing for us to do is ….Just say nothing, just keep our mouth shut, keep our thoughts to ourselves.
“If you don’t say it, then you don’t ever have to say you’re sorry you said it.” ==============================================
June 15, 2018
Posted September 19, 2018