28 August 09
Consistency Out Of Change
Yesterday evening we went with Barbara to see the Sacramento River Cats play the Fresno Grizzlies. The River Cats lost the game 6-3, but ended up clinching the division then when the one team that had a mathematical chance of catching the River Cats in the remaining games of the season also lost. The River Cats have been playing in Sacramento 10 years now and have won their division 8 times. They have also gone on to win the Pacific Coast League championship 3 times so far. I am marveling at their success. This is Triple-A baseball: the whole point of the league is to develop players to go on and play at the major league level. You can’t have a classical team dynasty because the rosters at Triple-A are changing all the time, a hundred plus times each season. Any superbly talented player doesn’t stay at the Triple-A level for long to contribute wins for the team; instead he quickly gets promoted.
So how have the River Cats done it? I don’t know. They must have a very effective managerial office. But we can’t forget the loyal fan base. Go River Cats!