“Our work has to represent our passion, our desire to contribute to our culture, especially to the development of others. By passion I mean the talents we have to share with others, the talents that shape our destiny and allow us to be of real service to others in our community.” – Phil Jackson

What’s in a name? asked Shakespeare.

Names are our identity. Names distinguish between people, places and things. Names trigger emotion; they sometimes make our heart race; our voice elevate; our brow furrow; our breath shallow.

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Passion is a powerful force that reveals the extremely fine line between good and evil; friend and foe; master and slave. Passion turned Walter While, your average high school science teacher into Heisenberg, a maniacal drug-dealing assassin in khakis and a pork pie hat. Passion is Walter Wayne Backman’s worst enemy and slim hope.

Backman’s 14-year major league career ended two decades ago, but his passion for the game of baseball has not died, In fact, it’s living in Las Vegas. The former New York Mets second baseman has been kicking and screaming – literally – as a minor league manager since 1997.  Backman has served eight years between the Mets, White Sox and Diamondbacks organizations and another seven years in Independent League baseball.

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