The long and short of it: I’m a baseball fanatic. And lived in the SF Bay Area for 25 years. Montana? Sure! Rice? Sure. And … BARRY!! I’m also one of those annoying baseball statistics fanatics. And I’m going to tell you something that is … unbelievable. BARRY BONDS IS ON TRACK TO GET ON BASE OVER 60 PERCENT OF THE TIME FOR THE 2004 SEASON. That is … UNBELIEVABLE. As of 2 September, with 30 games to go, his “OBP” (On Base Percentage) was SIX-O-SEVEN (.607). He has 189 walks so far, and sixty percent of his hits (63 of 114, including 38 home runs) are for extra bases.

What’s that have to do with my normal beat? Who knows? (WHO CARES?) It’s so phenomenal that … everyone should know! At a stretch, it reinforces an earlier blog about the fact that some Talent truly stands out; recall that the former head technology guy at Microsoft says a Great programmer is 10,000X better than an average dude.

Tom Peters posted this on September 7, 2004, in Excellence.
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