Dunn and Pat: A fable

6 01 2009

Once upon a time there was a baseball team that played this guy in left field:

(Card from Stephen at The Easy Life. A big surprise amongst the commons we traded.  Thanks!)

Now, the baseball team was a small market one, one whose entire payroll was equal to another team’s four most expensive players. This man’s contract was up soon, and the smaller market team did not think they could afford to resign his 40 HRs and 100 RBIs, so they traded him near the end of the season, creating a power hole in left.

After the season ended, free agents in left field were sought. Rumors for a while linked the smaller market team to this guy:


This guy had just helped his team win a World Series, but was no longer wanted by them.  He needed a new place to play.  And while he may not make the smaller market team that needed help a winner, he certainly would have made their season more enjoyable to watch. Plus he was used to wearing red and white. It seemed like a good match.

But other teams also wanted this man. And the smaller market team thought the price tag would be too high, so they didn’t make an offer. Yesterday, this man signed a contract for much lower than expected with a different smaller market team. The first smaller market team failed to address their needs and were again forced to look elsewhere all because they did not bid.

The Moral: Do not be put off but what you think you can’t do.


Do not spend the chase making excuses, rather make excuses to engage in the chase.




2 responses

7 01 2009

You know what, I couldn’t agree with you more. Good stuff… Whether it’s inaction or ineptitude, I’m sick of it.

7 01 2009

I’m thrilled that Burrell signed with my Rays! I think it helped that he already lives in Clearwater (which is right next to St. Pete) and he wants to go back to the World Series with the Rays. Sad to say, but I don’t think the Reds can make it to the World Series in ’09 (although I would’ve said the same about the Rays at this time last year).

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