Three Quotes That Changed the Way I Think About Baseball

» 20 April 2010 » In NPB Tracker »

Rather than post something about the news tonight, I thought I’d share a couple of insights that affected my view of baseball. I doubt the audience here will consider these revelations, but maybe they will lend some insight into why I write about what I write about.

1. When I was about 14 or so, my dad repeated to me something he had heard in an interview with Chad Curtis: “in baseball, you have to think about the process”. And I guess that that was a concept I sort of got prior to hearing that, but that was the first time I had heard it articulated so succinctly and it just stuck. Remember I was about 14 when I heard this.

2. A few years later, I was reading the letters section of Baseball America, and someone wrote in calling some prospect a bust. BA’s response was, and I paraphrase, “what do you mean he was a bust? He reached 3A and got hurt.” It dawned on me then that playing 3A is actually a sign of a pretty good playing career.

3. This last one is the only one I don’t have to paraphrase. John Sickels on former Cubs prospect Brooks Kieschnick: “In an alternate universe somewhere, the Cubs let him play in ’96 and ’97 and he ended up having a decent career.” I’ve always enjoyed John’s work, and his prospect retros are an elegant way of pointing out that every player needs a chance in order to be successful.

I’ve spent nearly my entire life to this point learning about baseball, and I think most of the knowledge I have has been accumulated over time. But these three ‘ah-ha’ moments stand out as things that immediately affected the way I look at the game.

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  1. Patrick
    Chris Gissell
    21/04/2010 at 6:54 am Permalink

    I like it bro. As a player (recently reired) these quotes are right on. To many people out there really have no idea what this game is all about especially behind the scenes. It almost becomes comical (spelling??) to read a forum for a MLB team and see what the fans are saying about players. Keep doing great work here bro. I really enjoy your site.

  2. Patrick
    21/04/2010 at 9:36 am Permalink

    To me just starting four years in high school was a hell of an accomplishment!