If Sun Tzu were alive today, and assuming he’d enjoy the game of baseball, he would love the psychological chess match Joe Maddon and Bobby Valentine engaged in over the weekend. The maneuvering that unfolded at Fenway Park in Boston would have been nothing, if not flattering, to the legendary military strategist.
There is a new trend developing in the Major League Baseball free agent market, and it’s nauseating. Players, namely free agent Roy Oswalt, are attempting to game the major league free agent system in an effort to pitch less, prolong their career, while shopping their talent to select contenders. Call it the new “short season.”
Call it coincidence. Call it luck. Call it whatever you’d like. But history will tell you the Baltimore Orioles success is attributed to their logo — yes, their logo. OK, well maybe Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Boog Powell, Cal Ripken Jr. and Earl Weaver had a little influence too, but …
As cameras scanned the stands during an NFL game last fall I noticed many of the fans were sitting, head down, hands clutching their mobile phones, clearly distracted by the activities taking place on their mobile device … and you paid how much for those tickets?