Sunday Saying

The person who was President and CEO of both major league teams that I worked for in a full-time capacity once said to me, “You don’t suffer fools well.” (He was no fool, by the way.) My reply, “If an organization has too many fools then it won’t succeed.”

During my stint in my first full-time baseball job I was often frustrated at what I perceived to be lack of progress in getting others to understand what I was doing and to respect my methods. I guess I was just ahead of my time as analytics has become an integral part of the decision-making process in all of baseball and probably in all sports, period.

At one point the frustration grew so acute that I took an unpaid leave of absence. This act seemed to worry the President/CEO of whom I wrote earlier. While discussing the situation with the team’s General Counsel—someone with whom I worked very closely during contract management “season” and who was also a partner at a prestigious law firm—the General Counsel said, “The problem with him [me] is that he thinks he’s always right. Our problem is that he’s almost always right.”

Almost without exception I reject the “just go along to get along” paradigm of behavior. That type of behavior does not lead to discovery or new understanding and, I strongly believe, is disrespectful to yourself. I think Shakespeare’s famous line, “This above all: to thine own self to be true” sums up my theory of behavior very well.


Shakespeare’s line explains why I don’t mind expressing my opinion that I like the 1967 Chevelle design much better than the 1968 or that I will always reject Volkswagen. I can’t be anyone else except me nor should anyone expect me to be. I would have made an awful diplomat, I guess, but I don’t care.

From a picture of a Monteverdi High Speed 375S.

Peter Monteverdi, who had trained as an automobile mechanic at the famous Saurer company in Arbon, Switzerland, had either the only or the largest Swiss luxury car dealership selling Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jensen, Lancia and Rolls-Royce. In the late 1960s he decided he would build his own road cars that would be more personalized than the cars of “larger” companies. The High Speed 375S was his company’s first car and it was a hybrid in the old sense meaning that it had an American engine (the Chrysler 440 cubic-inch V-8), but was wrapped in an exotic European design that could also include suspension and brakes of European origin.

Whether he was truly ahead of his time or just lucky, Monteverdi phased out production of high-performance luxury cars in the mid-1970s and started building what we would call SUVs. His first such vehicles were based on the International Harvester Scout.

I think the early hybrid vehicles like the Monteverdi High Speed embody the notion of being true to oneself and of not just accepting the status quo. I also think restomod builds embody that belief.





4 thoughts on “Sunday Saying

  1. … hee hee … Your comments about your time in baseball reminded me of myself in my business career. My outspokenness often got me in trouble and often I was proven to have been right.

    Thanks for showing the Monteverdi “Green Mountain”. What a beautiful car!


    1. Thank you, 56packardman for being a constant supporter, as compared to me who has been more of an athletic supporter.

      What is frustrating, besides not being able to find work that I could enjoy, is that my significant role in “Moneyball” has never been acknowledged or appreciated.


  2. The way I always saw it when you were with that first team was you would never kiss anyone’s rear end. Under any circumstances. As someone who had to kiss a lot of rear to get anywhere, I was envious.


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