Now that pitchers and catchers have reported … followed by the rest of the team … and the World Baseball Classic is underway, we revisit this gem from our own Cy Lynch from March 2007.
It’s a reminder of the virtues of practice (and paying attention) in investing — through the eyes of baseball and spring training:
If you’re new to investing, Cy Lynch captured the essence of “practice … practice … practice …” with this classic celebration of baseball’s annual rite of Spring Training.
For the players, Spring Training is far from glamorous. It’s an often monotonous, even grueling time. Fielders take ground ball after ground ball practicing so that they are in the right place when it counts. Pitchers, not known for, or relied on for their hitting ability, practice bunting over and over so that it becomes second nature. Attention to detail. Routine. Second nature.
For a spring training drill, Yogi Berra instructed his players to “Pair off in threes.”
Seriously, it’s the spectacularly routine things that matter most.