Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"More Homeruns, Less Singles"

Sports metaphors are easily overused - especially in the corporate world. Where I work, we've been asked to "Hit more homeruns, less singles." This means we shouldn't waste time on little products with few customer/subscribers, but instead concentrate on the bigger ones that generate more revenue. Never mind that you can win a baseball game by hitting a lot of singles.

Along those same lines, I found this post interesting. Via Kottke.org, it's a list of former major league pitcher Don Carman's list of canned responses to reporters questions.

Don Carman pitched in the Major Leagues from 1983 through 1992; for the Phillies, the Indians and the Rangers. During the post game interview he was often well known for his catchy response phrases and cliches given to reporters.

During the 1990 season he posted a handwritten list of his responses on his locker which was published in many newspapers across the country and used by him to answer questions.


Some of my favorites:

1. I'm just glad to be here. I just want to help the club any way I can.

. . .

14. That All-Star voting is a joke.

Of course no list would be complete without the old standbys:

24. Yes.
25. No.

1 comment:

George said...

Grammatically, shouldn't it be "More homeruns, fewer singles"?

I agree, singles, along with smart baserunning, strong pitching, and good defense, is generally preferred to a lot of homeruns.