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Father's Acceptance

The Gift of Honor, Gary Smalley & John Trent, Ph.D. p. 116.

Keith Hernandez is one of baseball's top players. He is a lifetime 300 hitter who has won numerous Golden Glove awards for excellence in fielding. He's won a batting championship for having the highest average, the Most Valuable Player award in his league, and even the World Series.

Yet with all his accomplishments, he has missed out on something crucially important to him -- his father's acceptance and recognition that what he has accomplished is valuable. Listen to what he had to say in a very candid interview about his relationship with his father:

"One day Keith asked his father, &ls;Dad, I have a lifetime 300 batting average. What more do you want?' His father replied, &ls;But someday you're going to look back and say, "I could have done more.'"