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Phone call with a Lamb

August 10, 2010

Orange County, CA – Yesterday morning I had a great phone call with my son, John Lamb. We talked for a good amount of time and I “delicately” worked my way into some baseball conversation. The reason I mention the word “delicately” about the baseball is due in part to the fact my son has a solid plan with regard to his baseball career and the last thing I try to do is interfere with those plans.

Photo credit - Colleen Lamb

John doesn’t need another coach in his life with how to be successful on the field at the Class AA level in the Texas League. Lamb has plenty of fine coaches that surround him in his professional baseball career with the Kansas City Royals club. He simply needs a supportive Dad that is willing to talk about his career should he feel the necessity.

Believe me when I say that I wasn’t smart enough to find that theory on my own. I owe that knowledge to a very dear friend, named Rodney Davis, who also has a son in professional baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Many years ago, Rodney told me the theory about handling my son about the game of baseball and it has worked very well since making every attempt possible to simply be available when John wants to discuss baseball. John is fully aware that not a day goes by when I don’t have an opinion about a baseball game, as a fan, coach, parent and scout in Southern California. Whenever he asks about my thoughts on baseball or situations he is dealing with, we talk and I try to help him negotiate the necessary adjustments.

Monday’s talk with John was enlightening to know that my son has “it” figured out. Some of you reading this site might ask what “it” is. I really can’t put the entire concept into words, but I can best explain “it” as simply the game of baseball. He fully understands that there are plenty of circumstances during the game that can not be controlled and there really is no reason to lose any sleep over those issues. His baseball maturity has continued to amaze me for quite sometime now, even during his current time with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

A simple phone call can be very reassuring for any Dad when there is genuine concern about your kids. To simply hear their voice and realize that they are continuing with their plan and dealing with the hurdles along the path, in a mature and responsible way, is always music to a Dad’s ear.

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4 Comments
  1. glp permalink
    August 10, 2010 10:47

    Good to hear, and I hope that the assessment that he has “it” figured out came from you, not him!

  2. James Lamb permalink*
    August 10, 2010 12:07

    GLP,

    Yes…my opinion of his knowledge and “it” about the game comes from me, not John. If you watch John play he shows you that same understanding, but it has been awhile since I’ve had the chance to see him throw and deal with the game.

  3. Ron Eppes permalink
    August 10, 2010 13:59

    He’s a great talent and it sounds that you are taking the approach in my opinion. My oldest boy played baseball before turning to distance running, which it turns out he is a very talented runner. I try to just remain supportive, but find it easy to try and coach or challenge him. Keep the approach you are taking, he will always be your son first and foremost.

    • August 10, 2010 22:08

      Ron,

      It is always a great feeling when our kids find something they like to do and when they have some success doing what they enjoy. Trying to just be the Dad took some time to get used to, believe me. I really had to let go when he was a Sophmore in high school whenever we were not in the same dugout, or I was going to lose my mind. However, I was amazed at how much he wanted to talk about baseball if I let him start the conversation first and that still holds true today during his pro career.

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