Met In Transit: The Baseball Scout

Unfortunately, I didn’t quite have time to catch his name.

I had volunteered with my old high school’s debate team as a judge for their State Tournament held in the Golf paradise of Southern Pines, NC. After one day of grueling competition for the team members and one intense day of keeping the members in line for the judges/chaperones, morning of the next day arose and with it the promise of breakfast and the end of the tournament.

After having (not so) delicious unborn chickens eggs and sausage, I went back to my room to pick up my luggage and unceremoniously chuck it back in my car. It was there that I ran into a man trying to get back to his own room with a cup of coffee in his hand.

He was trying to get past the team members and not spill his coffee. So after helping him traverse the sea of high schoolers, I had a chance to talk to him on the way back to the main building.


He was a baseball scout for the Baltimore Orioles and had just seen a high school game in Bennettsville, NC. He was on his way to Chapel Hill (home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tarheels) to watch the collegiate game that afternoon.

Being an experienced scout, he told me a bit about what he looked for in players. He said that there was an element that couldn’t be estimated, some natural element that allowed a player to stand out from the crowd–and that it was his job to tap into that talent and bring it to light for the majors.

Sadly, that was all the time we had for the conversation, but it got me thinking at the end of it:

All of us have got that one talent that we mastered. If we can just find our natural charisma¹ from the laundry list of possible ones, then we might just have a nugget that we can all polish it. And here’s the beauty of it: all of us have got at least one inside of us.

Just remember, our charismas may not come in the form of baseball abilities.

¹Based on the definition of “Charisma” from

Theology . a divinely conferred gift or power.


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