What Makes A Dirt Dog?

We’re just a bunch of dirt dogs, working hard and finding ways to win ball games.  -Jason Varitek

The term “Dirt Dog” is an athletic nickname given to baseball players who are considered scrappy, hard-working, tenacious and sometimes rough around the edges. The title first started with the Boston Red Sox in 2001, with notable examples including such players as Trot Nixon, Kevin Youkilis, Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia among others.

Dustin Pedroia, 2008 AL MVP

In general, a Dirt Dog is a tough ball player who plays hard, gets dirty, has an unrelenting work ethic and puts their whole heart into the game. A Dirt Dog always “looks like a ball player,” is unafraid to sacrifice their body when necessary to make plays, and goes all-out all the time.

True Dirt Dogs in youth baseball work hard at developing all aspects of their game, seek opportunities for extra practice, come early (always the first on the field) and leave late (always the last to go). Dirt Dogs believe in the saying “look good, feel good, play good,” and always dress for success accordingly (baseball pants, cleats & cup). They are not necessarily the big star on a team, but they always know how to make plays and find a way to get the job done. They always give 110%.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have a Passion for the game and for my team?
  • Am I always trying to learn something new?
  • Am I never satisfied with my game as it is?
  • Do I believe that I will never reach the point where there is NOTHING to improve on?

If you answered “Yes” to these questions, you may have the heart of a Dirt Dog too!


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