A calling ...

"We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims."

"Make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone."

- Buckminster Fuller

Monday, June 18, 2012

Chad Dukes's Comparison of the Yankees to the Borg

Podcast from LaVar and Dukes: Chad's hilarious comparison of the Yankees to the Borg ...

Today, on 106.7 the Fan Sports Talk Radio, LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes were discussing the sweep of the Washington Nationals by the New York Yankees which occurred this past weekend. The discussion question was whether the three game sweep of the Washington Nationals by the New York Yankees was a good or a bad thing.

In a culture which celebrates winning, high test scores, etc., we often forget that how people respond to losses or wins is what determines their long-term success or failure. Chad observed how the beat-down delivered by the Yankees to the Nationals this weekend was analogous to the near death-blow delivered by the Borg to the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation. As Chad explained, hilariously, a young team on the rise like the Nationals can learn a great deal from an encounter with a superior foe that they will probably face again if they ever go deep in the playoffs.

As certain callers noted, the more patient Yankee hitters went deep into the count, fouling off pitches, staying alive, forcing Edwin Jackson to run up his pitch count. The Nationals hitters, on the other hand, often swung at the first pitch, which often resulted in outs, but just as importantly, the impatience of Nationals hitters at the plate allowed the Yankee pitchers to get out of innings with a minimum of pitches.

My 14 year old son Joe will play a great deal of baseball this summer. Coach Molnar observed that Joe can become a really good baseball player, but he needs to become a student of the game. As I find ways to make the game even more appealing to him, these are some of the kinds of experiences I will share with him.