August 13, 2012
Out of Left Field
The Choices of Riggleman
About 25 years ago a friend’s dad met a man with a business idea. The man was looking for investors. My friend’s dad was interested so the man explained his idea. They went over the whole business plan, finances, everything in detail. At the end the man asked what my friend’s dad thought. My friend’s dad was quiet for a while then said, “I just can’t imagine a world where people go to a store just to buy a cup of coffee.” My friend’s dad didn’t invest with the man, but Starbucks ended up doing just fine anyway.
I love that example because the coffee shop is so ubiquitous now. Just about every town has one and just about every city has one per block. This meeting boiled down to this: could you imagine it? If so you’re a millionaire.
I’ve been thinking a lot about mistakes. We all make them. They are inevitable. There are too many decisions to be made and often not enough time with which to accurately assess the choices involved. Things happen quickly. You come to a fork in the road and, as Yogi Berra supposedly said, you take it. That can mean rash decision-making and that can mean bad decisions.
Baseball requires lots of decisions. Some of them come after months or years of planning. Some must be made in split seconds.
Question 1: You are a third base coach. What do you if two runners are rounding third base at the same time?
Answer 1: Shove the last runner in the back while he rounds third hoping this this gets him in ahead of the tag, and none of the 30,000 people in the ballpark notice.