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MJH on accountability
Holland is 24 and Harrison 25. Both showing major steps in development and maturation. I do not trade either of those two. Heck, this whole rotation stays put. If a legit #1 or #2 is picked up, we adjust accordingly. I like this talent pool.
"The way I see it is I can't get too far ahead of myself," said Holland, who has allowed nine hits and three walks over the past 18 innings. "I know I've had two good games in a row, but I've just got to not worry too much about being consistent but having fun and taking care of business."Holland has always been his own worst critic, and that played a role in his performances his first few seasons. He said that he has learned to take that criticism and do something positive with it."The harder you are on yourself, you're putting too much pressure on yourself and not performing like you should," said Holland, who retired the first 15 hitters Thursday. "It's just being more relax and saying, 'Yes, I did something wrong,' and learning from that mistake instead of dwelling on it."
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That was from Jeff Wilson. These are some very encouraging remarks from Holland. In my original post in this thread I was mainly talking about the pride that comes along with success and sabotages future success, but now I see that Derek also has been too hard on himself. I actually think that the highs and the lows usually go together, pride and despair are the two culprits (and maybe I should not have discussed one without mentioning the other). They can put us on a roller coaster of prideful highs and discouraging lows if we let them.
From a religious perspective pride and despair come from the same root which is putting oneself at the center instead of God. The creature must praise the Creator and find happiness in giving all of the glory to God realizing that the Lord gives and that the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord for he has our best interest in mind and does everything according to his loving plan for us. By regarding oneself as something akin to a worthless pile of shit one falls into despair. Despair comes from the same root as does pride because it puts the self in the center by rejecting God's love. God loves every person with an infinite love and has plans for our salvation if we cooperate with him, and regarding ourselves as unworthy of those plans is a rejection of God's authority and his love. Thus despair, just like pride, is a rejection of God's loving authority and a placement of the self over God, not because we are impressed with ourselves as with pride but because we are so down on ourselves that we reject the notion that God still loves us even in our sins, he still desires us to return to him so that he can save us.
How does all of this apply to baseball? Surely Holland hasn't fallen into self despair, right? I am not suggesting that he or anyone else has or did. I am just outlining this fundamental framework of the human experience that is universal. Everyone struggles with the highs and lows, getting too high on ourselves when we succeed and too low on ourselves when we fail, and pride and despair are the archetypes with which we study these experiences. That doesn't mean that we are always on cloud nine when we manifest some degree of pride or always in the gutter when we manifest some degree of despair. These are just archetypes for the study of human experience.
So while not getting too high on yourself is the medicinal cure for pride, not being too hard on yourself is the medicinal cure for despair or discouragement.
These rules apply in baseball just as they do in life in general. I want to add a disclaimer though. There are those very prideful players in the game of baseball that tend to succeed in spite of their pride. Humility is not always a quality of baseball success. Sometimes people develop a drive based on selfishness that provides them success. This sort of success is not the type I am hoping for in baseball or in life, but it is a reality for some people sometimes. God does not always hinder the prideful from having selfish success and the world is full of people who have success through pride and other tainted means. This isn't the sort of success anyone ought to be pursuing, and I think it is fundamentally opposed to the notion of team work. In other words, if baseball is a life activity that makes us better human beings as it should be, then we ought to be seeking how to succeed by way of humility and unselfishness. From the religious standpoint the first thing is to put God first by warding off pride and despair in any and all activities. I think baseball tends to force one to avoid the highs and lows associated with the ebbs and flows of success during a long season, and that is one reason I love the game so much, it is so much like life. So, as Derek said, its good to stay focused and to work hard when you have success and to not be too hard on yourself when you fail. Just accept your mistake in humility and get back to hard work and having fun.
I'm excited about Derek's pitching going forward as he really seems to be right on the ball with the good things he is saying about not being too hard on himself and not getting ahead of himself, and taking a big dose of fun with it all is probably the best thing you can do to relax yourself so that you can succeed and let good things happen without dwelling on any one thing too much. Now I will really feel bad if Derek is traded, regardless of whether he finds consistency right now or in the next couple years. He is only 24 after all.
I'd say HOLLAND is still untouchable. He's just around that scary corner in maturation.The Talent is obviously there. He's no DANK'S... Holland CAN be a TORP, with patience.
Glad Joe posted that again...twice just wasn't enough
Thanks Adam, I know you are one of my most loyal readers and I thank you for that.
Thanks, just in case I needed to say it again.
Derek has a very high ceiling, and - yes - I want to see the consistency, too. He can dazzle you with 3-4-5 amazing starts in a row and then have you shaking your head after less than an inning. The inconsistency reminds me a LOT of Bobby Witt. I remember a few different stretches where Bobby Witt was completely unhittable - four or five complete games in a row and then can't get out of the first or second.
I think Derek has a higher ceiling than Witt had and I think he has a better pitching coach (Maddux) than Witt had (House). I think he's one of those guys you just keep pushing out there and he will eventually get it.
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