Ball Bearings

Forgive me in advance. I just can’t help myself. I am so excited that I can’t stand it and had to sit down. Here’s why.

I know, I know, it’s not really about the glass industry … But then again, maybe it is. You see, baring a calamity of some type, I am going to get to cross one off the bucket list. In fact, it probably was the first item ever on my bucket list, which I began before I even knew what a bucket list was. Even at the ripe old age of ten I knew it was a wish I wanted to come true someday and it looks like I am going to get to cross it off.

Friday night, there’s this little thing called the World Series happening in D.C. for the first time and I’m supposed to be there. As someone who really has loved baseball since the fourth grade and is now getting a chance to see a World’s Series game, it’s a dream come true.

So I hijacked my own blog today to tell you about it, trying to find a way to relate it to baseball so I wouldn’t be so obvious in my enthusiasm. When I thought about it though, I didn’t have to try too hard.

Baseball is one of the few sports where talented individuals can’t get you there by themselves. You need a whole team. And like all sports, it’s a game filled with a lot of skill and a fair amount of luck. It also depends heavily on a strategy and an ability to execute that strategy. The good teams compensate for their own weaknesses and exploit those of their competitors. They never stop trying to improve and they never give up. And they almost always look like they are having fun doing it.

Aren’t these the qualities every successful glass company has as well?

My hometown team, the Washington Nationals, had a 19-30 win-loss record in mid-May. Most people thought they were done for the year. Instead they meet the Astros in Houston tomorrow night for the first game of the Series.

Whether a glass company or a baseball team, good teams never stop trying to be better. Play ball!