The quote “There’s winning……and there’s everything else”….which was so aptly spoken by the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers Vince Lombardi…..defines the New York Yankees more than any other franchise in the history of professional sports……not just for their wins…..but for the aurora that goes with the boys who wear the pinstripes…..for if you know of baseball….you know the New York Yankees….whether you like them or not. To date, the Yankees have won 27 World Series Championships and 40 American League Championships……and have placed 43 players and 11 managers into the Baseball Hall of Fame……now that is what I call impressive…..by any standards.
MLB – 1923 To 1939 – Special – Career Highlights Of The New York Yankees Iron Horse 1B Lou Gehrig
Now remember…..this story is not to make those of you who remember these immortal Yankees feel old…..so take a Zolof….or whatever they call it today…you know the “mood adjuster”….me, I still smoke mine….but whatever it takes….then kick back and let the “mood adjuster” take you to that tranquil and peaceful place…..in order that you might enjoy your “flash to the past” within this page. For those of us who understand our Zen side….go to that mental place of inner peace and tranquility…..but regardless of how you get there…..any fan who ever got to see any of these Yankee greats play…..OH HAPPY DAY !!!!….for you have truly been the one who was blessed.
MLB – 1950 To 1967 – The Life & Career Of New York Yankees P Whitey Ford – The Chairman Of The Board
I hope to pass on some worthwhile insight that will enable any HUMAN reader who might want to integrate its ideas and concepts into their lives……for it just might allow you a doorway access to hidden riches in life….to be opened for the first time. As you know by now….all dogs live by a SOP (standard operating procedure) of life that…. SIMPLER IS BETTER…regardless of what the subject. Therefore, I will simply call today’s philosophy….FLOAT & FLOW.
MLB – 1936 To 1953 – Special – New York Yankees 1B Johnny Mize Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Speech In 1981
When regarding FLOAT, I am not talking about on a “rubber thingy” in the swimming pool….I am talking more like “floating in the air with the winds of change” like a bird….for the truth be known…..the only real constant in any life is change….from the moment you are born to the moment that you die…..while you are on this Earth….the ONLY constant is change. We are all constantly changing from one thing to another…. whether it be our waistlines, our hair or our eating habits….in the way we look….in our domiciles…..in our work….and certainly in our thoughts….our beliefs…..our loves…..for it doesn’t matter what….cuz nothing stays constant. As Bone Daddy puts it…..“The truth in life is that just when you think you know where you are……somebody moves it.” When it all comes down to the lowest common denominator in the cycle of life for anyone is TO LIVE IS TO CHANGE…..TO LIVE PERFECT IS TO CHANGE OFTEN.
MLB – 1949 To 1960 – Special – New York Yankees Manager Casey Stengel Takes “Stengelese” To A New Level. Say What?
I ask you….what is normally the first thing that HUMANS do when they are faced with change?….well, from what I’ve seen in my 115 years…..the immediate reaction of a HUMAN is to put up resistance to the change….it may be subconscious and not premeditated….but it is still resistance…..which is usually followed by thoughts of why they can’t make that change….and for whatever the reason is….it is my conclusion that no specie on the planet resists change like HUMANS……and what happens when resistance is applied to anything…..again….Bone Daddy says it best….”resist and it persists….release and it comes back to you”. If you know how to FLOAT when the winds of change are upon you…..that is when you learn to FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY….cuz nothing can FLOAT better than a butterfly…… and as delicate and beautiful as one is….it can make a 1500 mile journey from Texas to Mexico….through trueno y relampago y tormentas de lluvia y vientos (that’s thunder, lightning, rain storms and winds for you Gringos)…. over mountains ….thru the valleys…..and still be beautiful when they arrive at their destination from their long continually changing journey…..and why?….cuz they FLOAT with the changes they encounter in their lives…..they apply NO RESISTANCE…..they JUST FLOAT with the changes.
MLB – Special – 1988 – New York Yankees OF Rickey Henderson Steals 93 Bases
When regarding FLOW…..I am going to use Bone Daddy as a good example of FLOW….because he has taught me a great deal about FLOW during the years I’ve spent with him. You see, BD is a great believer in being the best YOU that YOU can be……not what others want YOU to be….but the BEST YOU THAT YOU CAN BE. He tells me all the time…..”L E, you just be the best L E that you can be”….and that means that you have to be true to who you are with the talents that God Dog gave to YOU…..not someone else….and then not worry about the things you don’t have the talents to do…..but rather….find someone whom God gave those talents to. You just keep doing all that you can do….because all that YOU can do is enough…..so, let it FLOW…..just let the best L E you can be FLOW from within where it has always been.”And that is what I am doing here on this web page….JUST LETTIN’ IT FLOW.
MLB – 1932 – World Series – Yankees Vs Cubs – Babe Ruth Call His Home Run Swat
I don’t prepare any thoughts……I don’t go through any process to get my mind ready to write…..I just sit down and plug into that familiar area as a Sportsphile that I am good at… and once I am in my zone….I let it FLOW……it’s all in there and I know all I need to know….plus, I got this talent….and I’m just simply LETTIN IT FLOW. Oh, and when the winds of change are staring me right in the face….that’s when you’ll see this Chiweenie start to FLOAT. In concluding the Dog Philosophy of FLOAT & FLOW…..let me just give you a head start on this journey of enlightenment…..you have to learn to FLOAT before you can ever learn to FLOW. Plus, if you ever attain an understanding of this simple philosophy…..I am pretty sure that your life will be richer for it….and you won’t believe what shows up when you are in that state of life. TRUST YOUR TALENTS AND APPLY YOUR PASSIONS……then all you gotta do is FLOAT & FLOW.
MLB News – 1974 – CBS Ed Bradley Reports On Jim “Catfish” Hunter Signing With The New York Yankees