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Pinch hitting: The Bronx Stop

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 05, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s a slow month for baseball news. But fear not, we’ve lined up a series of guest bloggers to entertain you. Next up is Mark from The Bronx Stop.

Mark is a full-time student at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was born in Columbus, minutes from the Yankees old AAA farm team, the Columbus Clippers. In one of his greatest Yankees moments, Mark met Derek Jeter at a “Clipper Convention” for kids and to this day possesses an autographed Jeter minor league card.

Here’s his post:

Joe Torre had a quote on the Mike Tirico show on ESPN Radio Thursday. It went something like this, “Chemistry does not create winning, winning creates chemistry.”

When I heard Mr. Torre recite those words, I stopped dead in my tracks. Something about that quote just did not feel right to me. “Come on!” I said to myself, “Joe Torre is already one of the most successful managers in the history of the game of baseball, and he doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon. Why is it so hard for you to accept this great baseball man’s opinion on the concept of team chemistry?”

The more I thought about it, the more I could not understand how Mr. Torre could possibly feel that way after being a manager in the Major Leagues for two decades. “Chemistry does not create winning, winning creates chemistry?”

On the surface this makes a lot of sense. But under closer examination its enough to make any red-blooded Yankee fan wonder. Could Mr. Torre (who is to this day still one of my all-time idols) possibly have this concept backwards? Did he mean to say “Chemistry creates winning, and winning creates chemistry” but it just came out wrong?

I can not answer that question, but I can tell you this: I have long respected the words of our once fearless leader, but on this subject I must be honest with myself and flat-out disagree.

Vastly underestimated in any team sport is the concept of “team.” If you don’t agree with me, think of your workplace. When you go into work in the morning do you look forward to spending the day with your co-workers or do you do everything you possibly can to avoid them? Well, chances are, whichever way you answered greatly impacts the enjoyment you get out of your occupation.

Well, the same goes for baseball players. After all, baseball is a business right? Just because they make millions of dollars does not mean that they show up to 162 games a year thrilled to be in the company of their teammates. They are human. They too, get annoyed with the guy who always interrupts people.

As a baseball fan, would you rather have a Yankee team who enjoys playing ball together day in or day out or a Yankee team who only has chemistry when they win? As a rational fan (and I assume all of you are) I really hope you chose a team who enjoys playing ball together day in and day out.

Baseball is still a game where intangibles can lead to amazing things. All you have to do is look closer at the Indians. That club talked all year about being so successful because of the chemistry they shared on and off the field, and look what happened in the postseason.

As a fan who strongly believes in the “team” concept of team sports, I must say I am really looking forward to the 2008 season and all of the new ideas on what it is going to take to win No. 27. With a new era approaching, a new manager at the helm and loads of young, enthusiastic and truly quality talent, the Yankees may once again become a team to fear for many years to come. That is if they don’t trade it all away …




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