Listen: Alabama, Joe Girardi, Dante discussed on Origins with James Andrew Miller
"Hi, this is Jim Miller and welcome to Argenta originals. The following is my interview with former Yankees manager, Joe Girardi from chapter three, Argentina, champion, Nick Sabin, and Alabama's crimson tide. Why he's Joe Girardi showing up in an exploration into Nick Sabin. Success in Tuscaloosa turns out the two coaches are close friends in each invited, the other to speak to their teams. Perhaps more importantly, Girardi credit Sabin with having a significant impact on his own leadership style. I sat down with already off the studio where he works now at the MLB network in Secaucus New Jersey and began by asking him what is Puerto eventually was into Alabama football. I've been an Alabama fan since I was a little boy. I grew up in a Catholic household and everyone cheered for Notre Dame. So I had to be different. So I cheered for Alabama, partly because of their tradition who knows when you pick things as a little kid while you cheer. But I've always been in Alabama, hasty cheer for Alabama and Oklahoma, two completely different. Two very good teams and had a chance to meet Nick came and spoke to our team, and I had a chance to meet Nick at going to a game, and he's always been gracious to my son. Dante is as we will go visit every fall to watch a game, which CNN play LSU twice in Auburn twice. He will give us some time in his busy schedule, and I'm amazed at the schedule that he keeps because preparing to play for, you know, Auburn or LSU. And he's also meaning with recruits, you know, seven hours before the game, and then he meets with his team for hours. I was just amazed at how he was able to do that. What kind of things were you looking for him to impart to the team? I mean, why did you ask them to speak? Well, I think he believes so much in the process which I believe in is well, because the process takes care of the results. The results don't take care of the process in too many times. I think young people focus on the results. If you continue to do everything right in the long run, it's gonna pay off and you know, we go through a hundred sixty two game schedule. Hundred eighty days. It's a grind and just like along football season can be grinding owned a practice every day and he talks about getting better every day and I just wanted our players to hear that the the importance of it. I mean, here's a guy that. Has one and his one at big time programs as one at different programs. LSU Alabama was very good at Michigan state, and I wanted players to understand that your goal every day is to get better, and it's not how many hits you get. It's not how many stolen bases your your goal is to be the best. You can be that day in it starts with the process and you know our process a little bit different than theirs. We play every day they practice most days, but we have pre games and that's when you work on things. And it was important for me again for our guys to hear that we're you a admire other process through coach saving himself, or had you read about before? Well, I, I'd read about it before and. He was in Miami the same time. I was in Miami coaching the dolphins. I was coaching the Marlins and that's kind of where I started become fascinated with him. And then when he left for Alabama and I saw how quickly he turned it around, I was curious and I wanted to to research it. I know for me personally, you know, I tried to get better every day, but I really call the process. You know, I just thought it was what life was supposed to be. But I think he phrases it well and he talks about, you know, they practice plays until they can't get it wrong. Not until you get it right, but until you can't get it wrong, it'd be so become so ingrained in your head, what you're supposed to do. It becomes instinctual. And I think sports are really instinctual. If you have to think about what you're doing in the batter's box, if you think about when you start your hands, when you start your leg kick, you're in trouble. It has to become an instinct. You know, you get the ball hit to you. It's an instinct where to throw it, you know how much time you have.."