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MLB Star Shares Good Sportsmanship Tips with Kids

Patch sat down with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira to learn how he keeps it classy on the field, win or lose.

When life throws you a curve ball, Major League Baseball (MLB) star Mark Teixeira says it's important to be a good sport.

Here’s how the first-baseman keeps it classy on the field:

Q. Why is good sportsmanship important?

A. Good sportsmanship is important because baseball is not just about winning and losing. When you win, do it with class and don't make fun of the other team. When you lose, don't pout and make excuses. You should have fun playing, and being a good sport is a big part of that.

Q. How do you make sure you always exhibit good sportsmanship?

A. I think about how lucky I am to be playing Major League Baseball. It's easy for me to be a good sport because I get to play baseball for a living. There are lots of young players that watch me, and I want to be a positive influence on those kids.

Q. What’s a good way to learn good sportsmanship?

A. Good sportsmanship is learned through the wins and losses of a season. After you win, make an effort to tell the opposing players that they played a great game and tell them good luck next time. When you lose, congratulate the opposing team and tell your teammates that we will try harder next game. Only through playing the game the right way will you learn good sportsmanship.

TELL US: How do you and your team practice good sportsmanship? Share your tips in the comment section below.

cgz September 03, 2012 at 05:34 PM
class act cause he is a yankee, plain and simple.
Melissa Rhodes September 06, 2012 at 02:39 PM
We would love to have Mark Teixeira come to Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and deliver this very important message directly to our kids in our community. He is an outstanding role model that many of our youth look up to...what a great way to spread the message of sportsmanship by connecting directly with the kids!
LB Swimmer September 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I agree with Johnny. When my daughter was playing club and high school volleyball I focused too much on her won-loss record and a college scholoarship because that is where the recognition is. I admit it and would have emphasized different aspects of the game if I had it to do all over again. As it turned out she got the scholarship but dropped out in a year and a half.
John Whitton September 18, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Character and sportsmanship is directly related. Teach the kids to have a positive approach to winning and losing so their memories instill the better virtues of society. JW
Gregg Jefferies September 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
no photos of patch staff with Tex??

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