Is there a more universally mocked idea in all of sport than the winner of baseball’s All-Star Game earning home field advantage for its league? It’s hard to pretend that Mike Trout would be removed from a game of such impact in favor of Brock Holt. Except that he was. Continue reading HOME IS WHERE THE LESSER TEAM IS
“There are 30 seconds left, and he needs one homer to tie, and two to win.” That’s a statement that would send all eyes to the TV–at least more so than “Has he earned any bonus time?” Continue reading DISTANCE EDUCATION
“I think I like the Old Busch better” said actual, breathing people, when New Busch Stadium opened in 2006.
Of course, they didn’t mean what they said, they were understandably referencing memories they allowed an old building to contain. You’re welcome to say you prefer pitchers hitting for themselves to the Designated Hitter, but I’ll bet you, too, are holding on to yesteryear. Continue reading OLD BUSCH AND THE DESIGNATED PITCHER
The paradox of coaching, to me, is that while you must express optimism externally, successful coaches tend to internalize pessimism when assessing the fluid reality of their team.
“What’s most likely to go wrong, and how can I prevent it?”
“To what do I most credit our success, and how can I build upon that equity–so nothing can compromise it down the road?”
You’d have to be pessimistic in nature to find holes with the Cardinals, currently. Continue reading BENCHING OPTIMISM