Bottom of the ninth. Runner on first. One out.
You’ve got your best baserunner on first. The Kid has wheels. He’s got 41 steals this year, only thrown out four times. Virtually a lock to nab second. Your #3 batter is up, cleanup guy on deck. Both hitting over .330 this year.
You peer from the dugout. Across the diamond, two hundred feet away, the third base coach locks his eyes to yours. You take a breath. You tune out the crowd. You make the decision, and swipe your hand over the brim of your cap.
I like to think I’m not a cynic, but I am skeptical more often than not. So when I first watched “Live at Wembley Stadium”, a concert film of the Foo Fighters, I was skeptical of the sincerity of the emotion singer Dave Grohl displayed as he spoke to the crowd.
Chances are, at some point in your career, you have been told or encouraged to “be professional”. This usually takes on one of two meanings :
- to dress well, not curse openly, practice respectable hygiene, and act in a mature and personable manner
- to soldier on quietly as promises or other things you’ve earned are not honored or given. For example, “We’ve decided to not give you the raise we discussed, but we hope you’ll be professional about this and continue to work hard for us”
While the sentiment behind the first definition is generally innocuous and, by all accounts, good advice, the second definition is not so straightforward. Continue reading CM Punk, and the Myth of Professionalism