I learned a long time ago not to take this game too seriously. I learned that, more times than it will ever reward your faith, this game will break your heart. I learned that when they say you fail seven out of 10 times in this game, they don't just mean hitters. They mean everyone, and everything. And so, naturally, I learned one more thing: I learned to take more joy from three wins than pain from seven losses. So even though I am a stathead, a man very much in love with the numbers, a cold and calculating bastard of a baseball fan, I rejoiced on July 24, 2007. That was the day I learned that the Cubs had traded for Jason Kendall. I had admired Kendall from the first time I saw him play against the Cubbies. He hit for average and, in those days of ...
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