This one is a rule that’s being broken in our current times. The era of COVID-19 is providing rare situations for certain.
The exceptions don’t make the rule invalid, however. Most things are not unique; even large scale pandemics have happened and we might learn from those instances. For sure we can learn from our personal, more day-to-day happenings.
When challenges present themselves look for examples of previous similar happenings and see what you can learn from those.
Most things are not rare.
You really notice when you don’t have one on the mound. Or, when your opponent does.
The plays made matter. The plays that she might make next matter more. Attacking a team’s confidence before the inning starts is a real weapon.
It’s more than PFPs.
The one you see all the way, square up and crush. The crowd oohs and ahhs…and you don’t even leave the box.
Sure, you watch it. Here’s to no one getting hurt or breaking a car window.
You feel good because it felt solid, but it likely wasn’t a strike anyway…
There’s no shame, but it’s not as good as it feels.
Results, not reasons.
Play “the right way” each and every time?
The ends justify the means?
Unless everyone knows exactly what the right way is we won’t achieve that, and no-holds-barred, win at all costs isn’t ok either.
Like most things on a spectrum, reasonable performance and appropriate behavior is somewhere in the middle.
When it’s clear that it’s cheating, however, the answer is obvious.
Even if the people don’t know you’re skirting the rules–official or unofficial–the game will know (Rule #98).
True prosperity comes with honest success.
Gut feelings, tone setting.
This can be the story of the game and “the stats” back up the fact that a walk to start an inning is usually a bad thing for the defense.
Our rules need not be confirmed.