On a beautiful sunny day on Madera South’s Eddie Chapa Field — home of the Stallion baseball team — head coach John Fernandez stands in the third base coach’s box.
Fernandez, 41, looks over to his batter and gives a sign — which to some fans looks like he’s randomly wiping his arm, scratching his nose and adjusting his hat before giving a couple of claps. But in all that subtle motion, the batter understood that ‘Coach Fern’ assessed the situation and gave him a signal that would be best benefit him and, ultimately, the team.
Those split-second decisions — the ones that could result in a win or loss — weren’t made on a whim. It took years of understanding the game, hard work and appreciating the value of it to come up with the proper calls in order to give his player the opportunity succeed.
“You earn what you get and you get what you earn,” Fernandez said. “I still live by that motto and I still encourage the boys.” ...