08-17-2012, 04:44 PM #21
My observation: the Yankees haven't shown any "fire" or "spark" while winning all those playoff games. They have been clinical and precise. They have been incredibly professional. They simply paid top dollar for tremendous talent and then excercised that talent.
It is why I hate them. They are as far from "fun" as a sports team can be. It's like watching a group of the world's best lawyers sue your beloved family business.
Yankees are cold, clinical, boring professionals whose victories take all the "fire" and "spark" out of a game that should be magical.
Don't you dare suggest turning a real mlb team into a clone of this evil corporation.
Touched a nerve here.
08-17-2012, 04:49 PM #22
08-17-2012, 05:12 PM #23
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I would argue that as far as players go, the Yankees and Twins on field conduct is pretty similar. In fact, if you factor in managers and coaches, the Yankees might be the lowest key team in the league.
But hey, maybe if Gardy did a little more running-in-place a la Ron Washington, when Darin Mastroianni is trying to stretch a double into a triple, Darin'll just magically run faster. Culture trickles down from the top, right?
08-17-2012, 05:15 PM #24
Since this is a qualitative analysis, not quantitative... I'd like to offer four examples of grit that separate the Twins of 87 & 91 from the teams of the 2000's:
1. The Big Hrbowski launches Gant off of first in game two of the 1991 series.
2. Puckett's speech, game 6: "Guys, I just have one announcement to make: You guys should jump on my back tonight. I'm going to carry us."
3. Mad Jack Morris pitching 10 innings in game 7, "In the immortal words of the late Marvin Gaye, 'Let's get it on!'"
4. Dan Gladden--how's that for a character guy? Check out this blog on The Dazzle Man's fight with Steve Lombardozzi: http://twinsfanfromafar.blogspot.com...se-fights.html
That's character, IMHO. The 2012 Twins clubhouse could use some of that.
08-17-2012, 05:48 PM #25
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Is it 2010?
08-17-2012, 10:04 PM #26
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08-18-2012, 12:34 AM #28
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I think leo durocher said it all:
"What are we at the park for except to win? I'd trip my mother. I'd help her up, brush her off, tell her I'm sorry. But mother don't make it to third."
08-18-2012, 01:38 PM #29
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Should have found a way to keep Torii--he had the spark and leadership that these guys are missing.
08-18-2012, 03:49 PM #30
A lot of this "winning attitude" stuff is just people who either buy into hype created by the national media and their manufactured postseason story lines or think that life imitates sports movies.
When a team wins, you hear all about some rah-rah speech before the clinching game. But they don't tend to report the fact that the eventual loser was addressed in the same manner, so a lot of fans jump to the silly conclusion that the pep talk was the difference.
08-18-2012, 08:44 PM #31
It's sort of like the gaffe our President (and I am a staunch supporter of President Obama) made when he said, "you didn't build your business, the government did." Well, to follow your line of reasoning, Puckett didn't hit the home run, or make the catch against the plexiglass. The media did.
08-18-2012, 09:51 PM #32
So disagree with the idea that the 2006 team "choked."
Mid season, our playoff starters were going to be Santana, Radke & Liriano. THAT would've been a powerful threesome.
By playoff time, two of them were gone - Liriano was out completely, Radke's arm had fallen off. Everything was premised upon Johan winning game #1 - and he got outpitched.
No shame or "choke" in that.
08-18-2012, 10:09 PM #33
I also endorse the Derek Jeter custom of giving memorabilia to his one night stands -- that one cracked me up. But I would suggest that the married players just give jewelry.
08-18-2012, 10:14 PM #34
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Not sure if you guys saw a post by some website recently, but i read somewhere that Cuddy said that when they played the Yankees, they went in expecting to lose.
08-18-2012, 10:25 PM #35
08-18-2012, 10:38 PM #36
[QUOTE=Don't Feed the Greed Guy;47051]
Here is EXACTLY what he said:
"If youíve been successful, you didnít get there on your own. You didnít get there on your own. Iím always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something ó there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If youíve got a business ó you didnít build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didnít get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
The people who are twisting what Obama said are trying to mislead the voters.
08-18-2012, 10:42 PM #37
08-19-2012, 07:10 AM #38
[QUOTE=glunn;47073][QUOTE=Don't Feed the Greed Guy;47051]
If youíve got a business ó you didnít build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didnít get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
That's a gaffe, it offends the human capacity to innovate. I completely agree with 90% of President Obama's extended quote. Thank you for publishing the whole thing and making the Republican rubes on this website swallow the whole story. But I think our President opened himself to unnecessary criticism, and that's what's disappointing.
I've got a Republican friend who quit a cozy job working for IBM to open up a small craft brewery. He chased the dream, and keeps gettin hosed by the local government in order to get his business off the ground. The hours he works are crazy. But he loves his job, and is gearing up to work even harder in order to meet growing demand--a 5x expansion of his brewhouse. On behalf of my friend Gregg, President Obama's quote was offensive. And Gregg has good reason to be offended.
Getting back to baseball, that's where individual achievement meets team--whether that's government, public schools, little league coaches, parents, etc... Baseball, unlike almost any other team sport, depends upon individual achievement. The batter has to leave the dugout and stand alone in the batter's box. The pitcher holds the ball until he has to hand it over to the manager. When the individual takes one for the team, it's called a "sacrifice." But for the most part, baseball is played on a big green field, with plenty of room for individual achievement.
Curt Schilling's bloody sock is about grit. The media just happened to take the picture. http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/6948862/
Teddy Roosevelt's great "Man in the Arena" quote is what each of us can take to our line of work, and the love of our family, country, or even our favorite baseball team. Because baseball is a fanciful microcosm connected to what all of us do, day in and day out. Some ballplayers show a qualitative grit that captures our imagination, and inspires us. And then there are the disappointments: the cautionary tales of a Kevin Slowey, or a Danny Valencia, or Tsuyoshi Nishioka--or even the sad tragedy of Puckett's eye, and the tailspin that followed.
Baseball entertains us, while inspiring us too. That's why I love the game. Getting back to the point, I think the Twins lack the guy who cries out "You guys should jump on my back tonight. I'm going to carry us." (and we could use some quality starting pitching, too!)
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
President Theodore Roosevelt
Citizenship in a Republic,
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
08-19-2012, 07:32 AM #39
And, to sharpen the point, check out Joe Christianson's blog, "Postgame: Mauer takes another walk, but the Twins needed him to swing": http://www.startribune.com/sports/tw...166676076.html
There's more in the article, but here's the point about qualitative performance vs. quantitative statistical analysis:
"I didn’t have time to ask Mauer about his plate appearance, but I’m just going to say this: He has to have more urgency to swing the bat there. His otherworldly .414 on-base percentage is a big reason for whatever success the Twins have had offensively this year. But sometimes, a guy making $23 million per year needs to take it upon himself to take his shot.
08-19-2012, 08:10 AM #40