Heard on Campus: Former Phillies relief pitcher Mitch Williams

“I teach all my kids, and I conveyed this to the players here earlier, you cannot fear failure. If you fear failure, you’re done. But you’d better have an absolute hatred of it, because if you don’t hate to fail, there’s no way you’re going to succeed. The minute you accept failure, you’re a failure. You’re gonna fail - I don’t care what you do in life, you’re gonna fail. It’s how you move forward in that (that counts). … If you cannot put failure behind you, you will never be a professional athlete of any kind. You have to learn from every mistake, but you can’t let every mistake beat you down.”

— Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams, former Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher and current MLB Network Analyst, speaking at the Penn State Baseball First Pitch Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The baseball team plays its first game under new head coach Rob Cooper at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Spring, N.C., on Feb. 14. The first home game is scheduled for March 18, vs. New York Institute of Technology.

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Last Updated February 03, 2014