FORT MYERS, Fla. — As an old saying in our society goes, "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have."
From time to time, I am brought back to this quote with each occurrence bringing new perspective.
When I first heard it, my immediate thought was to dismiss it. Who dresses for a job besides the one they have?
Would I wear a suit if I work at a fast-food restaurant?
Or medical scrubs if I worked as a waiter?
At the time it seemed like there were plenty of instances where this made little or no sense.
As I have grown older, and more mature, the saying has brought on new understanding. The word "dress" does not refer to your clothes worn but the state of mind one is in.
To be the CEO of a company, you must carry yourself with the attention and intensity befitting of that position.
To be a cardiac surgeon, you must have the intelligence and the confidence to perform an operation on someone's heart.
It is no different in baseball.
Each player wears the same physical uniform but the way they play the game is far different.
From high intensity and aggressiveness like Pete Rose, to calm and relaxed like Tom Glavine, each player dresses for success how they see fit.
Baseball is indicative of life in many ways. We are all pushing and growing ourselves to achieve new goals.
As a parent or a sibling, employee or employer... each day is a new opportunity to strive for the job or goals that we have for ourselves.
When I look at life, I realize that baseball and character live in symmetry.
While being a better pitcher does not make me a better man, being a better man will certainly make me a better pitcher!
From the major leagues down to A-ball, we are all fighting to be the best we can be every day.
Mike McCarthy is a former CSUB pitcher who currently pitches in the Red Sox organization for Double-A Portland, Maine, of the Eastern League. He can be reached on Twitter @mmccarthy35