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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Leigh Steinberg: It Isn’t How You Play The Game, Its Whether Or Not You Win

Hep up, Mitch Williams! Hitting, pitching and now desperation are contagious.

The stunning offensive collapse was so stunning that the Yankee fans were booing their own team and many failed to show for the last home game.

How is this performance possible with a talented and veteran group? First look to motivation of the players. Next to team chemistry. Clearly pitchers like Mark Verlander are overpowering, but all playoff teams have tremendous pitching. Most hitting is mental. What players tell me is necessary is a quiet mind-the ability to tune out all distractions and past failure and focus solely on the moment at head. Desperation can be contagious.

The Yankees have A-Rod under contract for five more years at premium dollars. After being benched in the most critical games can he fit back into the team structure. Will he want to? Will his teammates trust him? Will the harsh glare of New York fans and media make his continued tenure untenable? Would the Yankees absorb the financial penalty necessary to get another team to assume his contract in a trade?

The off-season for the Yankees will be as intriguing as their playoff performance. There is little tolerance for dramatic failure.

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2012 at 07:05 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TerpNats Posted: October 28, 2012 at 07:31 AM (#4285766)
That Mark Verlander is overpowering, all right.

To Mr. Steinberg: There is little tolerance for bad copy editing.
   2. Benji Posted: October 28, 2012 at 07:42 AM (#4285767)
Mark Verlander is so overpowering they won't let him in the major leagues. He's teammates with Sidd Finch.
   3. adenzeno Posted: October 28, 2012 at 07:58 AM (#4285769)
Most hitting is mental


THAT is why Mays and Aaron retired......
   4. Walt Davis Posted: October 28, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4285770)
I wonder what Steinberg's opinion is on the MVP debate between Sam Trout and Erin Cabrera.
   5. BDC Posted: October 28, 2012 at 09:22 AM (#4285776)
There is little tolerance for dramatic failure


Plodding, incremental, inexorable failure is fine, though. {/fishbarrel :)
   6. Mayor Blomberg Posted: October 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM (#4285826)
that stunning misnaming of Verlander was so stunning.
   7. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: October 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4285840)
Most hitting is mental

AKA the ability to focus solely on the moment at head. Combine that with smart, hands-up play and you can't lose.
   8. valuearbitrageur Posted: October 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4286120)
I can't wait until the Kate Upton column on how overpowering Rod Verlander is.

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