Wednesday, April 11, 2012
the last book I ever reread (Ball Four, excerpt one)
from Jim Bouton's Ball Four:
One thing you don't do is what Steve Hovley did. He's an outfielder I played with in Seattle last year, twenty-four years old, intellectual type. He told Milkes that he wouldn't report until March 22 because he wanted to finish up some college classes. Milkes told him he'd never make the team if he waited that long and Steve said, well, he'd look at the roster and didn't think he could make it anyway. Besides, he thought he could use another year or two in Triple-A.
That's a big mistake. No matter what the truth of it is, Milkes will now always think that Steve doesn't have enough desire to be a major leaguer. There are times you have to show hustle, even if it's false.