Tom Zobrist, father of Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist, talks about how he raised Ben and how Ben got to the Major Leagues.
In this 47-minute episode, you'll learn:
- whether Ben was good at baseball, even at a young age, or whether he blossomed later
- whether Ben found baseball boring as a kid
- why Tom believes in the nature side of playing baseball in the nature-vs-nurture debate
- how much Tom taught and coached Ben as a young player
- when Tom started teaching Ben and at what age did he stop teaching Ben
- what Tom's practices were like with young kids
- whether Tom felt he was too hard on Ben at times
- whether Ben liked being pushed hard
- whether Ben's baseball IQ was taught by Tom or self-taught
- what it means to be a "good clubhouse guy" and how to do it, even without a preacher dad
- how much fatherly influence Tom used in Ben's baseball decisions
- how Ben went from no collegiate offers to drafted in the 6th round by a Major League team
- what one attribute stood above the rest in Ben's road to the majors
- why Ben built a Whiffle ball field in Tom's backyard, and whether playing that helped his skills
- whether Tom encouraged or discouraged Ben's switch hitting
- Tom's final words of wisdom to baseball coaches and parents
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