Friday, July 31, 2009
A common secular form of the Greek and biblical sin of hubris is expressed in the lives of individuals who strain themselves beyond reason in order to prove that there are no goals they cannot achieve, no obstacles they cannot overcome. --(Schimmel, 30)
Pride is a most dangerous sin at the trade deadline, for pride is what can ruin the future of your organization while garnering zero gains. The sin of pride at the trade deadline occurs in those that are too stubborn to admit that they are out of the race or too stupid to realize that their team does not have a chance to win in the playoffs. And so they go out into the trade market and seek pieces to add while crushing their farm system.
One of the most notable recent evidences of the sin of pride came from the Mets in 2004. The Mets seeking to fortify their rotation traded for Victor Zambrano of the Rays. In doing so they gave up one of their best prospects, Scott Kazmir. Zambrano went on to do absolutely nothing with the Mets and not help the Mets into the postseason. Kazmir meanwhile has shown flashes of brilliance with the Rays while battling through injuries.
Another recent sin of pride at the trade deadline came via the Braves in 2007 when they dealt for Mark Teixeira at the deadline. While Teixeira performed well for the Braves, they could not make the postseason. In getting Teixeira the Braves had to part with Elvis Andrus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz and Beau Jones. Andrus, Saltalamacchia, and Harrison are all key contributors to the Rangers squad this season and Neftali is currently the Rangers #1 prospect.
The sin of pride is prevalent each season and there will be someone who makes that mistake this afternoon. We shall see whom that will be. Only time will tell.