Allow me to steal a page from Moshe’s book and start a discussion.
Last night, during the top of the first inning, Al Lieter was saying what everyone always says about the Twins: They play good defense. Their pitchers throw strikes. And, of course, they have players that play the game the right way. In all my years of playing, watching, and following baseball, I still have no idea what this means.
This term is always used to describe players or teams who are okay-or-good-but-not-quite-great. Maybe they do one or two “little” things properly, but they’re not all around great players. So, I ask you, what’s playing the game the right way? The commentators will say that the team does a lot of bunting, or running, or employs a lot of hit-and-runs. One of those things–bunting–generally has a negative effect on a team (unless playing for exactly one run) so why is that right? Stealing can be good, but if it’s overused, it hurts the team as well.… Click here to read the rest