Yes, it is so important when you get knocked down to get back up. The problem is that it has become cliche. Truth is it hurts to get knocked down. It hurts to lose. It hurts to get bad news.

But there is little if any substitute for resilience.

Recently the great Professor Mookie Betts was asked about the Dodgers being down 3 to 1 in the play offs last season to no less than the Atlanta Braves who are indeed a very fine team.

He said…

When our backs were against the wall, we scratched and clawed our way back. Just showed what kind of team we have, I think we all knew it was just a matter of showing it. And it was good to get punched in the mouth like that because we had kind of been rolling all season and that hadn’t happened. Any time some adversity like that happens and you overcome it, it just lets you know what you’re made of.

Mookie said it well. We all have ups and downs, to be sure. I remember the expression “I’ve been down so long it looks like up to me…”

Spring training games are just about to begin. Vaccines are flying off the shelves. The world itself may be turning around — the human race itself got punched in the mouth, if not the gut.

Let’s get back up, let’s get back at it, let’s play ball!