Jack TenneyExtra Point

by Jack Tenney, Publisher

March 2018

Spring training. Yeah, I remember.

I wonder if it’s possible to get ready for the season without a sore arm. In high school, we started practice in the gym because it was too cold and rainy to be outside. I didn’t mind the sore arm so much; I expected it. I thought it was natural but that it would go away on its own within a week of starting practice.

The worst part of starting out in the gym was double vision. I guess my eyes were slower than the ball or were locked on the wall behind the pitcher, so pretty soon I would see two balls coming at me.

I bet Pedro Martinez never got a sore arm to start spring training; nor would Ted Williams, who claimed to see the ball hit his bat, ever have had double vision. Pros are different like that — different from school kids and amateurs.
All professional sports are businesses. You hear that a lot, so I guess that makes pro athletes business people just like us. They work day and night, especially baseball business people. Their full cycle is spring training, exhibition, regular season, playoffs (and World Series if they’re lucky), and then off-season.
The off-season is about a third of the calendar year — November through January. Pitchers and catchers show up in early February, position players mid-month. Exhibition games are played all during March, the regular season starts in April, and the best teams settle the season in October.
I am in the monthly magazine business, 12 cycles a year. Grocery store business people have pretty much 365 cycles a year. The ski industry, when I was in it, was maybe four cycles: You sell it, make it, ship it, and try to collect it.