Remember: Don’t do anything
When a baseball team is struggling, I always think back to the surfing lesson in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” where the teacher tells the student to do less… but then at some point you’re just boogyboarding. It’s a similar philosophy to Michael Scott’s approach to business. The point is, baseball isn’t like other sports, where trying to bulldoze your way through a rough stretch works. In football, trying to hit people harder is usually a productive thing. In baseball, trying harder means you usually end up overswinging and corkscrewing yourself into the ground. To me, it’s the sport where it’s easiest to get yourself into a funk because there’s so much failure and there’s so much time to think between pitches.
Example: Check out some of the quotes from the Padres after their 13-run, 23-hit outburst yesterday in Milwaukee.
Jason Bartlett, when asked if the team was looking forward to getting away from the pitcher-friendly Petco Park: “Definitely.”
Chase Headley: I think the difference between last year and this year is I’ve made a lot of hard outs, more consistent, hard contact. Do the fans in San Diego see that? Probably not. Because all they’re doing is looking at the box scores. But my manager sees it. He tells me. And my teammates see it.”
Sounds like things are getting negative in that clubhouse. I’m not using this to pick on San Diego, I’m just using it as an example of how things can go sour in the clubhouse in a big hurry if things aren’t going well.
What’s the answer to the problem? To quote another legendary philosopher, “Don’t think. It can only hurt the ballclub.”
- TinCaps OF Rymer Liriano has now scored from second base on a wild pitch, TWICE. Probably the most exciting plays of the season so far.
- The Padres’ relievers are pretty good, but here’s an eye-opener: After 8 p.m. at Petco Park, the marine layer sets in and the ball doesn’t fly. It’s to the point where managers are telling their hitters to keep the ball out of the air after dark.
- With that in mind, should the Padres try to leverage some of those pitchers (using the numbers they accrued in the pitcher-friendly environment) to trade for hitters?
- Big Fat Bartolo Colon used stem cell treatment to get back to the top of his game? This is something MLB and the players’ union will keep its eye on as a possible PED.
- Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg is close to returning to the mound. Literally dozens of Nationals fans are pumped.
- Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (who was in the MWL in 2009) made his MLB debut last week and hit his first homer last night. Literally dozens of Royals fans are freaking out.
- Mariners RHP Michael Pineda: A self-made phenom. He seems very similar to former TinCaps RHP Simon Castro as far as his demeanor and development path, only Pineda has better velocity on his fastball.
- Angels 1B Kendrys Morales: Out at least two and a half years thanks to a walk-off home run celebration. Incredible.
- Read this during the past week: Dennis Eckersley was traded from the Indians at least partially thanks to Eck’s wife leaving him for another member of the team. That other guy is now a TV broadcaster for the Indians. So what you’re saying is, Cleveland traded a future Hall of Famer and got a color commentator out of the deal. Sigh…
- We’re going to Lake County next week. And by that, I mean I get to go home next week. I’m so excited, I’m about to lose control and I think I like it.
Musical guest… Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears!