Notes from the Diamond #3: Everything Has Its Price

1+ Trivia question #3 of 108: From how many ballgames was former Baltimore Orioles man
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Redcat
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Redcat

“… Williams likely would have most enjoyed mentoring …”
You must be joking, Mr Baseball-Is-My-Game – Ted Williams wouldn’t have mentored his own son (maybe daughters, probably not). I know this because I’m older than trees and my Dad couldn’t stand Ted Williams. The latter might be because Dad loved pitchers (Bob Feller, Bob Friend, Bob Lemon, Newcombe, Erskine, (never Whitey Ford or Don Larsen (who I saw pitch his World Series perfect game – in the rec room of my college on my 17th birthday with no one else around – they were in class, I guess)). He had a habit of wrinkling his nose whenever Williams got a hit; I think it stuck. He always said that Ted Williams couldn’t spell humility – nor could any Yankee. Maybe you would have found common ground there.
So I guess we’re stuck with Red Sox memories – well, go to it then – it’s still enjoyable – lol.

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Dale Saran
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Dale Saran

RedCat – Teddy Ballgame was also a Marine Aviator in WW2 and Korea; He flew about half of his combat missions with another Marine Aviator named John Glenn. Glenn recalled in an article that Williams was shot with flak and had to crash land his burning plane with the gear up. Glenn said they returned to flying immediately and that Williams wasn’t going to “chicken out on something like that.”
I imagine Williams was probably not too keen on the press, but he was an American hero who left playing baseball to serve in two different wars and would have owned far more records than he still does now. Arrogant? Meh. Maybe – hard for me to say as I didn’t know him. He certainly didn’t snivel about having to serve as a Marine aviator in two separate wars and giving up a lucrative (and considerably less risky) career in service to the Nation.
(I’m undoubtedly biased as a former Marine aviator myself, but I think Teddy’s worth defending on the matter.)

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Jeff Weiler
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I remember years ago, during a management training class, the instructor saying that that everyone is motivated by something. In other words, no one is unmotivated, you just need to figure out what motivates them. Some may be motivated to get home every day by 6pm, some may want the flexibility to work out at the gym ever day, and some may just want a low-stress work environment. It’s not easy but, as you point out, managers of any type of employee need to figure out what it is that motivates each member of their team. Great article!

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