Filmanthropy…when you just can’t scrub it off.
Anyhow, he gave at least two more on Thursday, and in both he made a similar point: that the Nats — who he still rates as the top team in baseball — can serve as a lesson that you should never take making the playoffs for granted.
Of course, a cynic would argue that 16 out of 30 NHL teams make the playoffs, and only 10 out of 30 MLB teams make the playoffs, so a playoff appearance in baseball is a slightly more significant accomplishment. But the point stands.
Here’s Leonsis, on ESPN 980.
“Our young guns, they’re now in the prime of their careers,” he said. “Their careers are going by, and they’ve made the playoffs six years in a row, and they shouldn’t take that for granted. This year, one of the things that I’ve been preaching to everybody – and I did use the Nationals as an example – I love the Washington Nationals. I love what the Lerners have done with that team. I’m a season-ticket holder. And last year was an unbelievable experience and thrill.
“And I thought this team is and was the best team in baseball,” Leonsis continued. “And they had injuries and some things didn’t work right, and they didn’t make the payoffs. And that stunned me. Because I just took [that] for granted, and I’m sure that team next year’s gonna make the playoffs. But they didn’t make the playoffs. And that’s got to be front and center, that nothing is given to you. That team has made the investments and has all of the talent, and for a variety of reasons it didn’t win. We’ve been taking for granted that we’re going to make the playoffs with the Capitals. We shouldn’t do that. And we need to look at that as a gift.”
Posted: October 06, 2013 at 04:33 AM | 10 comment(s)
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