Some time ago, the vice-chairman of the about-to-implode investment firm for which I worked dropped this pearl of wisdom on my ambitious-yet-utterly-clueless head: "A fast no is better than a slow maybe". If nothing else, this has stuck with me. It's been a great lesson. I've seen corporations who seem to love the slow maybe's, too indecisive to make a decision or take a stand. It follows the "Occasionally wrong, never in doubt" philosophy which implores leaders to be decisive. But how does this apply here? Glad you asked.
Just as Sabathia will be seeking to come to some resolution quickly about where he will play in 2009 and beyond, it seems that Burnett would like to follow that same path:
With CC Sabathia expected to land in California, A.J. Burnett will have the rest of the country to pick from. Burnett is expected to opt out of the final two years and $24 million with the Blue Jays.
And like Sabathia, Burnett doesn't want to be shoveling snow in Maryland without knowing where he will pitch in 2009.
And remember about Sabathia's comments:
"I want to get it done pretty quick. I try to be as less free as possible," Sabathia said. "All that is is stress, having it drag on through the winter. We'll see what happens."
One thing is for certain, though. His plans will revolve solely around his family.
"I can guarantee you I won't be flying around going to different cities," Sabathia said. "I've pretty much been to every city. I've got a lot of friends around the league. They're going to have to come to me."
These two (likely) free agents will shape the market. Good for the Hot Stove enthusiasts that they will want to kick this off quickly, likely right after the World Series. Hold onto your seats, folks, it's gonna be a fun ride!
Oh yeah, speaking of slow maybe's, we have this to look forward to:
Curt Schilling is considering coming back next year -- for half the season.Love the slow maybe, Curt. Fitting somehow. Like a glove. Although, in the interests of fairness, the Yanks have their own slow maybe on their hands (if not two):
"I won't come back for a full season, that much I know. If I do decide to come back I would work to the point I was ready and somewhere around May 1 let the teams know I wanted to pitch the second half," he said.
Reached Monday at his home in Montoursville, Pa., Mussina told the Daily News that he is still undecided when it comes to playing next season.
Who know's what Pettitte (or the Yanks) are thinking, either.
So to all you young guys out there, as you eventually look to find Miss Right (or even Miss Right Now), that same axiom holds: a fast no is better than a slow maybe. Trust me.