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Strode stresses importance of choices
World Series champion speaks to WCHS students
World Series champion Chicago Cubs bullpen coach Lester Strode spoke words of encouragement to student-athletes during an assembly at Warren County High School on Friday. Pictured, from left, are Angela Strode, Jeannette Strode, Lester Strode, Mayor Jimmy Haley and high school baseball coach Adam Childs.
Many are familiar with the Robert Frost poem “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”When Lester Strode, bullpen coach for the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs and Warren County native, spoke to student-athletes at Warren County High School’s auditorium Friday, he spoke of his own decisions at the fork in the road, the importance of education, learning to accept failure as part of a learning experience, how to listen to yourself and never, ever listen to someone who tells you what you can’t do.“When I went to Cumberland College, I went with a blank sheet of paper for goals,” said Strode. “I spoke with a counselor and said I wanted to pursue a degree in accounting. The counselor asked me if I played any sports or extracurricular activities and I said yes, baseball.