Average or Exceptional…

April 1st… opening day for the Cubs. I know that the Reds, Tigers and other teams had their first game yesterday, but for Cubs fans, today is opening day.

For all the teams, hope springs eternal, and everyone (well, almost everyone) thinks that this is the year for their team.

I was recently sent this photo of the last Cubs team to win the World Series back-to-back in 1907 and 1908. If you look closely, three of the names that stand out to baseball fans today are the famous double-play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance.

I really didn’t know anything about these guys until today, when I found out that

  • none of them were exceptional hitters
  • none of them were home run hitters or big run producers
  • their first names were Joe, Johnny and Frank
  • Johnny was one of the smallest men to ever play in the major leagues
  • Frank not only was the 1st baseman; he was also the manager

And most importantly, they were enshrined together as a unit to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

On their own… just average.
As a unit… recognized as exceptional.

That’s a good synopsis of his life. On my own, nothing much to write home about. Working together with partners and the power of the Holy Spirit, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


  • thank your partners today
  • invest in others. You’ll be stronger and more effective.
  • be a “got your back” kind of person. Loyalty is a rare trait in today’s society, but it is really treasured.

Tinker to Evers to Chance… a combination and a legacy that has stood the test of time. May it be so for me with those I work closest with. And Go Cubbies… this is our year!

Mark Jevert

– Creative Strategist – www.nextconsultingservices.com
– committed hubby and devoted dad to three adult girls
– veteran youth work missionary
– passionate follower of Jesus