Theo Epstein is the man who now runs the operations for the Chicago Cubs. He used to be the man who ran the operations for the Boston Red Sox. Well, the Cubs and Red Sox are playing this weekend, and so ESPN has an article on Theo Epstein and his past with the Red Sox.
See, Theo Epstein had a baseball philosophy that he brought to the organization. I call it baseball’s little way. Stick to it, and you have a champion. He stuck to that philosophy and the Red Sox won two World Series. His philosophy requires patience and confidence in it, because it starts small and then turns into something big.
When Theo stuck to his philosophy, he didn’t go after the big-name free agents that cost a lot of money but put a big-name player on the team right away. Instead, what did he do? He went after the unknowns, the surprises, the little-name free agents that cost little, but could turn into great players before they carried all that hefty salary.
But Theo Epstein has just made a confession. At the end, he left his philosophy. He went for the big-name guys. When he put aside the philosophy, then he wasn’t anchored when those strong business winds came and put the pressure on to just make something happen.
“If I have a regret about the way we handled that offseason (after the 2009 season), it was that instead of being more patient and saying, ‘We’ll strike when the time is right,’ there was a lot of pressure in the environment at the time to do something,” Epstein said. “If I learned a lesson from the offseason, it’s never feel the need to do something. If you’re trying to avoid one move that you don’t think is going to work out, don’t then settle for a different move that maybe doesn’t check all the boxes. Be true to the philosophy and understand the bigger picture. There’s always another day to fight. You don’t have to get everything done in one offseason just because of what’s going on in the environment around you.” (ESPN.com)
They didn’t win the World Series after that. Before, they got inexpensive players that produced a lot. But now they got stuck with a few expensive players that don’t produce much, and that has put dead weight on the Red Sox for several years. They left the philosophy and went the big way. And the Red Sox are paying the price.
If only he kept the philosophy.
God gives us His Word to keep and follow, He gives us a little way. It requires patience and confidence in it, because it starts small and turns into something big. But when we are at work or in a relationship, there can be a pressure to do something, because we want success now. Looking for a job, for a spouse, for a group of friends, maybe a vocation, or a house, maybe investing money in the market, in all of it there can be a pressure to make something happen. There’s the pressure to leave God and His little way to succeed now, to go the big way.
Don’t be afraid of the pressure, don’t do something just to get a big one.
Wait for the right one.
Stick to the little way, and you’ll have success.
Wait for the Lord.
Wait for the LORD, and keep to his way, and he will exalt you to possess the land. (Psalm 37:34)
Happy Solemnity of the Sacred Heart!