It's all part of it!
Are you wondering what that means? That's ok. You'll be in the know soon enough.
It's a simple saying that has become a slogan for baseball players for life inside and outside of the game. In a sport where its competitors are faced with an immense amount of failure while life presents similar outcomes at times, It's All Part of It has become an important adage for scores of players to lean on for reassurance and motivation.
The phrase "It's all part of it" or sometimes referred to as just "part" or "part-part" for short, was brought to the Phillies organization after outfield prospect Cord Sandberg and organization mate third baseman Mitch Walding played alongside catcher Jack Murphy down under, in an off-season league.
"It spread down to Australia because I played down there in Canberra and we used to talk about it all the time, " Murphy said. "Since there are a lot of guys from different organizations down there, the Phillies picked it up."
Murphy is a long-time Blue Jays minor leaguer and a Princeton University product that currently plays with Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Dodgers organization. When he was in the Toronto system, Murphy picked up the phrase from his manager Mike Redmond while with Dunedin in the Florida State League in 2012. Redmond had adopted the mindset when he played for veteran skipper Jim Leyland during his time with the Marlins.
A World Series and World Baseball Classic winning manager's lessons getting passed down via a man that was virtually groomed to take on that skipper's duties and on to players that both men may never encounter sounds precisely how good coaching should work. Teach what matters and let those lessons thrive.
Murphy feels the sentiment has become a critical way of thinking for many players he has encountered.
"I mean, it's mostly a life motto for most of the guys," Murphy asserted. "The livelihood of playing can be a real grind. But when you say, 'Hey, it's all part of it!', you realize that's just how things are and keep going."
Although the saying came to be from baseball, today "it" can be anything.
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Story adapted from the April 22, 2017 blog post of Jay Floyd at PhoulBallz.com.