In case you missed it, I had a book released last year. The reviews were good – and that was awesome. I think I did a pretty good job for a first time book author. Well, most of the time, that is, I feel that way.
I recently had the pleasure of reading a review copy of Sam Walker’s Fantasyland and am presently reading a review copy of Mark Lamster’s Spalding’s World Tour, and, I must confess, when I first read what Sam and Mark have written, my gut reaction is “My God, I suck. I can’t go toe-to-toe with these guys, it’s the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals. These guys are incredible.”
OK, while Walker and Lamster do have great gifts for writing, maybe I am being a little hard on myself….which I have a tendency to do…..ala’ Paul O’Neill (I suppose).
Maybe I’m not the Babe Ruth of baseball authors, but, I have some unique skills that I bring to the table. There are some things that I can do well that lend towards a good reading experience. Maybe I’m the Graig Nettles of baseball authors? No shame there, right?
But, still, if I were forced to match-up one-on-one with a true gift-from-god writing talent, at this stage in my writing career, it’s a mismatch – and I know it, without needing much time to realize it.
As I was thinking this tonight, I thought back to the 1998 Yankees. When people played that Yankees team – and to some extent the 1999 team as well – they knew coming into each series that they could not compete with New York. The talent gap was too much to bridge. It was over before it started.
The Yankees have lost that edge over the last four or five years (thereabouts). Heck, just ask the 2005 Tampa Bay Devil Rays if they sweat playing the Yankees last season.
For the Yankees to get that edge back, and be a true champion, they need to get out of the gate in a hurry this season.
Coming into this season, I was of the mindset that the Yankees needed to win 15-16 games per month to win the East. Now, instead of winning 31-ish games by June 1st, I’m thinking that the Yankees need to have 36 wins (or more) by the end of May.
It seems like a small bump – but, the winning percentage difference is huge. And, it will give the Yankees that mental edge again. Wouldn’t that be nice?