Re: Great article on Reds Media
Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
What Baker said was that he never objected to Homer's "hardheadedness" -- he said it would be an important factor in making Homer successful.
Confidence, believing in oneself -- some will call it arrogance -- is good at the highest competitive levels. Some people looked at Homer as a kid who should have been more deferential to adults. He's also smart, which can make some people defensive.
Unfortunately, there are those who have never forgiven him for not conforming to how they thought he should be. So now they bristle at his success.
Judging a 27 y/o who provides plus production on his habits as a baby of 21 or 22 (whether we're talking about work ethic, coachability or other minor quirks) is pretty foolish. Now if a guy is a criminal at that age with a habit for hard drugs, violence or other questionable activity it's a cause for alarm, but a hard headed 21 year old is pretty much the norm. It's less than nothing IMO.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS