CHHS baseball players draw motivation from ‘The Shirt’Published 11:00pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The No. 1 team in all of 4A baseball in Alabama, Charles Henderson (23-2), takes the field clad in orange and blue every time they take to the diamond.
But the only color the players think about is white.
A white T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Win this game” and game number is awarded to, as deemed by the coaches, the most valuable player of the game.
Troy head baseball coach Derek Irons said he is always looking for a competitive edge, regardless of how “out of the box” it may seem.
“You are always looking for a way to keep high school kids motivated and focused,” said Irons. “I went to a clinic about three years ago with Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. He talked about how “The Shirt” worked for them and we tried it here.”
Each and every shirt is different, as it is handed out after a win. The shirt bears the game number.
“The shirt says ‘Win this game,’ because we want to have that as our mind set,” Irons said. “We want to stay focused on this game, this win, not worry with what happened yesterday or happens tomorrow.”
Joey Denison, a senior first baseman, has captured “The Shirt” on three different occasions in 2013, and said each one is special.
“It means a lot to get one,” said Denison. “It shows that you did a good job, and that the coaches think you helped the team win. All of us like to brag that we got the shirt after a win.”
Charles Henderson won 26 games last season, and prior to the season getting started Irons ordered 26 white shirts.
If the white shirts are all handed out, then the team will begin to receive blue shirts.
“We have 26 white ones because that’s how many games we won last season” Irons said. “Our goal this season is to get to the blues, because that would mean that we eclipsed our win total from last year.
Charles Henderson goes for win No. 24 of the season on Thursday at Frazier Field in Troy against region foe Headland.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.