Using assets in the proper way
Know how I’ve wanted to be a fan of some team and was quite enamoured of the TOD?
Well, whoopee! This has been a Blue Jays fall to remember. Thanks, Alex.
On the R.A. Dickey deal, which has to be the culmination of the best fall in franchise history:
Here’s the thing about prospects:
No one has any real idea how they’ll turn out, for every “can’t-miss” there’s a “didn’t-make-it” and every general manager worth his corner office knows this.
And that’s why the TOD deal makes more sense that you can ever imagine.
It was great of AA to turn around the Jays farm system to stock it with what everybody seems to term blue-chip talent because it’s all about stockpiling assets in today’s sports world.
And then you can use those assets in one of two ways:
You can wait until they mature – or hope they mature – and stock your major league club with them; it’s painstaking, of course, and there are no guarantees but at least it affords your fans some sense of promise and that – eventually – you’ll be all right.
Or, and this is what I like most, you can use those assets and turn them into bigger, more proven assets, which is precisely what Alex Anthopoulos did in the R.A. Dickey deal.
The GM spent enough time making sure he had sufficient organizational depth that he could pull off two deals this winter to absolutely energize his team and its fan base.
Good on him.
Now, I hope Travis D’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard go on to have long and illustrious careers and there suggestions from people whose opinions I respect that they will.
But I’d much rather be a fan of a team whose GM seizes the moment, goes for home run instead of bunting the runner over as long as he has the assets to pull it off. He did, good on him, glad he got something for them, my patience was wearing thing.
(Of course, I’m leery about knuckleballers for a lot of reasons but that’s for another day)
I was trying to think of the last time sports fans in Toronto were more looking forward to a season than they are today about the Blue Jays.
Maybe back in the early-2000s with the Vince-led Raptors? And that was more than a decade ago.
Cannot for the life of me thing of a legitimate off-season when pucks fans were as pumped; don’t recall an Argo winter this active in eons; and I have no clue what the TFCs do since they seem to play almost 12 months a year.
A special time, indeed.
Nothing says Christmas better than a little Twisted Sister.
I was just a kid dealing with mono – which is a perfect way to just laze around on a couch for few weeks – about the time of the Watergate hearings back in the day and they were, as Those Of Us Of A Certain Vintage will recall – quite compelling.
And one of my all-time favourites in that whole sordid affair was Sen. Daniel Inouye, who was something of the conscience, as I recall.
Sam Ervin was another favourite but Inouye was cool.
Turns out he was far, far more than just that, as we found out yesterday when he passed away.
And I know there are other oldsters around here, did you have a favourite in those hearings?
It’s the annual Sports Department Christmas Party and Buntoss tonight (yes, you can fully imagine the carnage that might occur at one of those) so it’s a night off from the IGBT; be back tomorrow.
I’ve been on the road so much I’d forgotten that Tuesdays mean Super Son has to be in school at 7 a.m. and, trust me, Super Wife didn’t let me forget.
Sorry I’m a bit late; had a wee drive to make.
Hey, check out Not Grace Kelly’s tome on Tristan Thompson, glad he used his time in Cleveland to good purpose.
Yeah, they practiced yesterday, was no compelling news at all; a quick workout setting up the three games in four days that starts tonight and, as you might expect, lots of chatter about the contribution of Jose Calderon of late.
The money quote came from Alan Anderson:
“He's like the glue. He does everything, man. Without Jose I don't even know if we could win any of these games. He's amazing to us. Rebounding, passing, vocally leads everybody, talking, gets everybody in their positions. He's just like our calm, poised leader on the floor. It's great to have him.”
Not much more to say than that, is there?
You know me and the Canadian women’s basketball team, right?
Have been on that bandwagon for quite a while, trying to encourage a lot of you to join me because I’ve seen the program go from nothing, really, to top eight at the Olympics and I’ve been saying since the mid-2000s that they were going to have more global success before the men ever would. I was proven right, I’d say, with two trips to the worlds and the London excursion.
And the news yesterday that Allison McNeill was stepping down as the team’s head coach was a bit sad – although I’m happy she’s happy with the decision – and truly the end of an era.
I don’t know how many conference calls I was on with her after her team got drilled at some tournament – and, no, there weren’t ever too many people on those calls – and she’d be telling me they were on the right track and that eventually they’d be talented enough and old enough and experienced enough that the journey would have been worth it. I believed her then and the that London experience proved it to be true.
I asked her yesterday about the journey and the memories and the highlights and she pointed to that final game in London; yes, it was an expected loss but it was, frankly, special.
“We realized what we had done as a group and how we had done it. It felt like we had done it right.”
She had. They had.
Now, I know my man Wayne Parrish will read this, or hear about it, and I’m sure some other folks at Canada Basketball (hello, Michele!) will pay attention so listen up:
You know how you put together that Council of Excellence back in the day to turn around the men’s program and I was always dogging you about doing something similar for the women but we could never come up with someone to lead it:
Give it a month or so, call Allison, make her something like you made Maurizio with the men. You won’t regret it.
You’re welcome. -