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Crux of Rangers’ manager Jeff Banister’s inspirational speech is Hollywood

In the final movie of this franchise, Sly Stallone (left) as Rocky Balboa delivered a knockout motivational speech that Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister has adopted.
In the final movie of this franchise, Sly Stallone (left) as Rocky Balboa delivered a knockout motivational speech that Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister has adopted.

Coaches will use anything, and any saying, if they think it will motivate a player. And sports franchises will do the same if they think it will sell a T-shirt, hat or any other merchandise.

Sayings and slogans are part of the fabric of sports.

First year Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister’s inspirational story is basically the root of the team’s #NeverEverQuit 2015 campaign.

Banister says, “No one is going to hit as hard as life.”

I knew I had heard this somewhere, so when I was in Surprise a few weeks ago I asked just that. Where was this from?

“You know - Slyvester Stallone says it in a movie,” he said.

That’s it! It’s the great speech Stallone delivered as Rocky in the 2006 movie Rocky Balboa where he is talking to his son.

“Here is the deal,” Banister said. “I got hit a lot harder before that movie came out.”

This is true. Banister’s well documented; he nearly lost a limb, was told by doctors to give up sports, and then he beat cancer and eventually made it to the Major Leagues.

But see for yourself how/why Banister, and the Rangers, wisely borrowed from this scene:

Mac Engel, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @macengelprof

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