Focus. When she played ball, cats and squirrels could have run across her path and they would not have altered her focus. It was 100% focus, 100% of the time when a ball was involved. Great players do not allow irrelevant things to distract them from their game.
Show up everyday. Rain, sleet, snow, heat, cold, wind, ... it didn't matter. Pick up a ball and she was ready. No complaints. Anytime, anyplace. She was always ready and willing to play. Great players show up both physically and mentally when many players are thinking about somewhere else they'd rather be. The elements don't bother them because they don't allow them to. The greater the pressure, the more great players show up..
Effort. When playing ball, Cassie had two speeds - all out sprint or standing still. There was no in-between. She may have lost a step or two as she got older but her effort stayed constant. Great players play every game as if someone very important is watching. A reporter once asked Joe DiMaggio about why he continued to hustle even though his career was winding down and people would understand. He responded by saying Wouldn't it be great to hear that from a few more modern day athletes?
Passion for the game itself. Our lawn, the driveway, a parking lot, the beach, the living room, the local creek. Once again, it didn't matter. She didn't need perfectly manicured fields to play on. It wasn't about the field. It was about the game. Is it any wonder why so many great players come from the Dominican Republic?
Want to get noticed? Stop wishing and start playing the game like my dog did.
Goodbye Cassie. We'll always miss you.