I’ve been blogging a bit lately about baseball on my other blog, Hated Yankees. I usually blog there about my favorite team, the Yankees. But recently I’ve been blogging about my sons’ favorite team, the Kansas City Royals.
I keep the baseball posts there, presuming that people come here because of interest in journalism, rather than baseball. But some followers of the blog are friends who may be interested in these personal stories or baseball fans also enjoying the Royals’ great post-season run. So I’ll just post a brief plug here for the Royals posts. My posts:
The Kansas City Royals’ amazing 9-game, post-season winning streak
Keeping a 29-year-old promise, I’m headed to the World Series
Decades of Royals (Kauffman) Stadium memories
Game Two was worth the wait for my sons and me
My youngest son, Tom, has also contributed two guest posts:
Tom Buttry reflects on his life (and last night) as a Royals fan
Kansas City Royals’ ‘all-lost years’ team
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Posted in Career advice, tagged Armando Galarraga, Dane Iorg, Detroit Tigers, Don Denkinger, Jim Joyce, Jorge Orta, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Todd Worrell on June 3, 2010 |
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A lot of men my age draw too many life lessons from sports. But I’m a man my age, so I drew three career lessons from last night’s Detroit Tigers game:
- Don’t let complaints about the things you can’t control distract you from focusing on what you can control and finishing your job.
- Take responsibility for your work and admit your mistakes.
- Tradition is no excuse for failure to innovate.
Focus on what you control
Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game last night. The baseball record book won’t reflect that, though, because first-base umpire Jim Joyce blew a call on what should have been the final out of the game. It was perhaps the toughest call for an umpire to make: a bang-bang play at first base, with the pitcher covering. Both men are in motion swiftly and the umpire needs to decide instantly with his naked eye which of two events several feet apart happens first: the ball hitting the glove or the runner’s foot hitting the bag (while also being sure the pitcher’s foot was on the bag when he caught the ball). Anyone who has umpired a few recreational games knows that’s a tough call. And when the crowd is cheering the apparent end of a perfect game, you can’t rely on the sound of the ball hitting the glove to help you out. (more…)
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