Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The soft bigotry of lowered expectations

The skipper defines success down:
The Pirates are 14-31, but Tracy spoke -- for the first time this season -- about diminishing the importance of the team's place in the standings.

"We're making strides," he said. "We have to not involve ourselves with our won-lost record, but with staying with a process. We have to keep putting ourselves in position to win games. Those are going to go our way, eventually."
We will...stay with a process.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Jeff said...

Excellent. Now when I'm talking baseball with my friends at school and they bring up our dismal record I'll be able to retort, "Yeah, but we have a process."

That should put an end to any discussion.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Deen said...

...staying with a process? What if that process is losing?

2:54 PM  
Blogger az said...

After the botched sac attempt by Jose H. the other night, Tracy said, "It was important to try and get the runner to third and force the Indians to make many decisions."

See, the idea wasn't to WIN (or perhaps even lose), it was to MANAGE. That's the process part. It's not the destination, it's the journey. Or like, when you buy a house or car, you're not really interested in obtaining the house or car, you just want to keep negotiating, right?

Tracy's interested in pushing buttons and moving pawns around with no real direction. But it's not important where you move a pawn, it's important just that you move them.

9:25 AM  

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