The Giants' decision to keep erstwhile two time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, who has had two distinctly sub-par years in a row, from becoming a free agent by signing him to a two-year contract valued at $35 million, deserves some scrutiny.
Praise individuals for praising others. This is a vivid, credible and becoming approach to bringing out the best in all of us. Heck, even waiters who compliment customers get three percent bigger tips, on average.
I recently caught up with St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa -- the truest of baseball men -- last week to speak about Albert Pujols' contract talks (or lack thereof), his ongoing relationship with Colby Rasmus and the importance of Chris Carpenter in the second half.