The Giants won, and that is amazing. I would never be able to express how much that means to me and my City. We need to also put into perspective what is happening in Sports and relate it to our own business models.
The Yankees have bought the best team imaginable, yet they didn’t win. The Texas Rangers had the best offense in the league but they didn’t win. Texas is more humble than NY so we like them a whole lot better. It reminds me of a night in Vegas when one of our convention attendees just announced “Just follow the New Yorker…” like the rest of us from all across the world were just schmucks. Arrogance, even when substantiated, is not attractive. After the “New Yorker” was slicing logs dreaming of Steinbrenner’s underwire, my now wife took a couple of our friends to the bar under the waterfall of the Bellagio. We were blessed to attend their wedding in India a little over a year ago. Flash has its limitations. Steinbrenner is dead and Jeeter is as old as my mother. Confidence is good, arrogance is not. In the new “Social” technology it’s all about the no crap offering of an added value and a no-bullshit way of offering it. The New York Yankees are great, but old, both literally and figuratively. People that work that way will be old very soon – if not literally, then certainly figuratively. The Giants are the new “America’s team” from sea to shining sea. My brothers all over the country embrace them. It’s not because they were the best team, although at the end they were certainly gaining traction and probably could have won 8 out of 10 more playoff games. The love affair for these guys is that they pulled together as a team. Barry Zito was a quintessential example. His end of year was disappointing, but if any of his 9 wins were omitted they wouldn’t have been at City Hall yesterday. Left off the playoff roster, he still joined the team and pitched batting practice throughout the series, without grumbling. His Zen wouldn’t let his ego acknowledge that he is still the highest paid pitcher on the staff. Let us all, in business, learn from what a few “misfits “can do working together, with humility, for a common goal.