Ask Jesse Episode 15: Playing The Long Game

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Show Notes by Victoria Lynn Hall

“Death, Taxes, Cal Ripken, Jr.” These words along with a larger than life image of Baseball’s “Iron Man” were prominently displayed for many years in downtown Baltimore. Indeed, coming of age in the vicinity of Charm City as the Baltimore Orioles’ shortstop (and eventual third baseman) accumulated his record breaking 2,632 consecutive games streak meant these were among the few things I could count on.

And the older I get, the more I appreciate the example of consistency and persistence that achievement portrays.

“I didn’t just show up for work, as has sometimes been said. I also showed up to work.” Ripken was quoted as saying in a 2009 article in SUCCESS Magazine that also noted that his stats supported the notion that Cal was constantly working on, evaluating and improving his play. This example of the cumulative success and progress one can make just by consistently showing up with a willingness to learn and continue to improve is something that can inspire all of us.

Of course, political activism is not baseball but it is a team endeavor. As such it requires cooperation, communication and compromise. But most of all, it requires that we keep showing up, keep trying, keep improving, win or lose – for ourselves, for each other and for the world.

The results may not be immediately rewarding but with time good things will always come from consistently good efforts.

Speaking of good efforts, if you have time to volunteer to phonebank for Jess Scarane (who I mention several times in this episode because she’s amazing and we need her in the Senate) please click here:

Or click here to donate to her campaign:

You can also check out her interview on the Tipping Pitches podcast here:



 Further reading on some other subjects we touched on:

Like Jackie Robinson, baseball should honor Curt Flood’s sacrifice by William C. Rhoden, The Undefeated

How Catfish Hunter helped usher in the era of free agency by Craig Muder, Baseball Hall of Fame

The reign of Lew Alcindor in the age of revolt by Johnny Smith, The Undefeated

Dodgers News: David Price Wanted To ‘Take Care Of The Next Generation Of Baseball’ By Paying Minor League Players $1,000, Dodger Blue

Watch the full episode below or on YouTube where you can subscribe to all of our video content. We would also like to thank Kim D. for contributing her fabulous song, “Corporation Coup” for use as a theme for our videos, you can find the full recording of this song at:

Episode 15

Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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