My mini Mike Matheny Manifesto for Smaller kids (and their Parents)

Inspired by the Mike Matheny manifesto I sent my parents a mini one after a few bitter losses (66-8 in three games).  It’s a smaller version, not as intense, we are a 8-10 midget team, not an inspiring little league traveling team or anything.

Did it work?  We have played two games since and won one, and actually the team threw a no hitter in that one.  The parents have been AWESOME, and were on the verge of being a mutiny before.  Also, the kids run in from the outfield now like I am holding the keys to the Willie Wonka factory.

I share this with the world because…if I can help one coach or one parent or one kid, I have done my job!  Feel free to copy and paste or tweak as if your own if you are in need of one of these.  Works for any sport.  With any kids.


Pictured: My dad, two of my nephews, and my two kids. Grandpa passed down his lack of ball skills to me and then these youth. But he also passed down the traits to try hard and have fun. I say, that’s a win every time!

Here it is…


 A little info on the team…from me the assistant to the assistant coach… (am I not even worthy of that title!- I am no baseball genius.)

Only 18 days left and baseball is over. 

 We have a great bunch of kids.  They never get down on each other, are supportive of each other, and are having fun.  They try really hard.   My favorite moment of the year so far is when Nick got a double (ok, a 2 base error some would say) when we were down 16-0 last game.  Those kids cheered like it was a walk off homer for Nick.  Cool stuff. 

They have fun and are learning more every chance we get to teach them.  Why are we losing games?  It’s not because they don’t care or try hard.  They put a ton of pressure on themselves to succeed.   We had 4 players get emotional in the dugout just last game.  Sometimes bad things happen to good kids. “It’s not how many times you get knocked down; it’s how many times you get back up.”

 Hopefully they win the rest of their games, we are trying to win, but we can’t always control that.  Some teams are older, some have played in quite a few tourneys– but heck we will  try hard and have fun to beat em.  Trying hard and having fun are two things we can control.  No doubt these players will do just that.  Hopefully the teams we play will say, “those kids and those parents were having so much fun, I wonder what is wrong with them!”   😉

 You all know baseball is a mentally tough sport.  A lot going on.  These players got so many thoughts in their heads.  As for me, I try to keep them to a few thoughts and make sure I see em smile- I often have to remind them of that. 

 During practice and when they are on the bench we try to give them instructions on the game of baseball, Coach Chad and Coach Jim are really good at that. 

 Of course we only have 3 practices left and just a few games left; these 8, 9, and 10 year olds will make a bunch of mistakes.  That I guarantee.   And I know, I wil make some mistakes as a coach too.  Not that we want to, but we will.

 I have observed Coach Chad and Coach Jim do a fantastic job of teaching them baseball, these dudes are smart guys, but it’s hard to teach them all the nuances of the game in a few short weeks together, those 90 minute practices go so quick!

 Hopefully these last few weeks will continue to be a fun and learning experience for the kids and the players and you the parents. 

 I’ve enjoyed spending a little time with each of them, you all should be proud of the little dudes you are raising.

 Go K-town White!  Go Team!  Thanks for every thing you do as parents, hope to see you Sunday night at practice!

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is the president & solution provider for Drexel Building Supply.  (   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.  He has provided solutions for builders and their clients since 1996 and a whole bunch of other stuff that you probably don’t care about.



I have self-diagnosed Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.  I completely EMBRACE this.  Meaning, I hold multiple conversations at once.  Do 100 tasks at a time.  And let my brain zoom.  I’ve hired people that take care of the stuff I won’t.  Not that I can’t but I won’t. Because I embrace who I am and my passion.

Embrace your passion.  People listen to others, try to fit in, and hell don’t embrace their inner passions.  If you like garden.  Garden like a mother fer.  Teach people to garden.  Have the slickest yard on the block.  If you like to paint your face.  Paint your damn face.

Yolo, and all that sh!t.  It’s real people.  You only got one shot at this, and if you are good at something, get better.  If you want to be good at something do it.

And remember, in proverbs in the Good Book it states. Iron sharpens iron.  Man sharpens man.  So yearn for your passions and find those around you that can sharpen your iron and you sharpen yours.

Here is the song.

Sail.  By Awolnation.  Some would say this song is about giving up.  Or an excuse.  I feel he is sailing to greater heights.  Or he wishes he was different.  I think it is about embracing who you are.  No matter what.

Here’s the lyrics.  There’s not much to it.  Which in itself makes sense.  Keep it simple.

This is how I show my love
I made it in my mind because
I blame it on my A.D.D. baby
This is how an angel dies
I blame it on my own sick pride
Blame it on my A.D.D. baby
Maybe I should cry for help
Maybe I should kill myself (myself)
Blame it on my A.D.D. baby
Maybe I’m a different breed
Maybe I’m not listening
So blame it on my A.D.D. baby
La la la la la
La la la la la oh!
La la la la la,
La la la la la oh!
La la la la la,
La la la la la,
Sail with me


So blame it everything I do on my ADD and you will probably be right.  And that’s not only ok, it’s exactly the way it’s meant to be.

So let’s go with it shall we?

This video has been driving me crazy!  Like I randomly saw it on VH1 on a Sunday morning or something and now ti consumes my thoughts.  It’s cock fighting with stuffed animals and the care bear wins.  WTF!!!!!!!

Why will the Bucks always suck under Herb Kohl.  The G.M. came out after the draft and said he job was to develop talent AND make the playoffs.  THAT DOESNT’ EVEN MAKE SENSE!   TAKE LEMONS AND MAKE ORANGE JUICE!  This is called in business lack of mission.  What is the Bucks mission?  Yep, I have no clue either. Stuck in suckity!

Speaking of sucking bad the Brew Crew (bandwagon is empty, Wisconsin loves the Brewers when they win only.  Can we just all admit we are just Packer fans and the rest just fills the gaps?)  are on pace to lose 100 games.  Historically bad.  Only the 2002 team that lost 106 broke the 100 game barrier.

IMG_20130626_092920_210Drove through Oshkosh during Country USA.  I swear you actually feel the energy.  I am 20 years too old for that stuff…and not really my thing, but you got to love it.   Here was my one second summary of the event by a Kwik Trip in Oshvegas.

Male fathers in Wisconsin in the summer are clueless.  They are lacking clues.  I am talking fashion in the weakest sense of the word.  In the fall and winter guys do fine.  Fall we can wear camo and jeans, winter we have layers, all is well.  Summer?  We die in the fashion sense.  Camo hats.  Jorts.  Funny t-shirts we have had for 25 years.  Socks that don’t really do anything.  Crappy tennies or crappier flip flops.  Our horrible bodies don’t quite fit into anything.  We wear a sports hat.  That’s how we roll.  I swear we don’t even think.  Grab the top pant, the convenient shirt, the shorts that are close and the hat that is on the shelf.   Summer outfit complete.  Just take a minute to put a little plan together.  That’s all it takes.  And if you are close to 40 and have clothing from college, it’s time to go.  Just think before you dress.  Thanks.


oh wow.

I totally lost track of the Bachelorette this season.  What is wrong with me?  Not sure.

I thought I had more stuff, but that’s it.  post over.  blame it on the a.d.d.

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is the president and solution provider for Drexel Building Supply.  (   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.  He has provided solutions for builders and their clients since 1996 and a whole bunch of other stuff that you probably don’t care about.