Plate Discipline

Plate DisciplineWe know there’s a difference between entrepreneurs, who are natural at start-ups, and executives, who can sustain and strengthen an organization or effort once the energy of the original spark is spent. A similar ‘follow-through’ capacity is a sign of maturity, or seasoning.

With the Mets 3-0 in the 2015 National League Championship Series, and our community six-and-a-half months into Pray4Mets, let’s keep our eyes on the ball and keep our team in play by avoiding normal complacency or assuming the current trajectory will continue. A new device at our disposal (with a nod to Ted Williams) is plate discipline.

In baseball,

A batter shows “plate discipline” by not swinging at pitches that are out of the strike zone or at pitches that are in the strike zone but not located where he can get the bat on the ball. Such a batter might be described as a patient hitter.

As fans, we can use each meal to which we sit down as a cue — our version of ‘plate discipline’ — to continue saying a little prayer, hope, blessing, mantra and/or expression of gratitude. How easy is that?

Bon appetit!

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See you tonight at Tierney’s for Game 4, NLCS.

-Maureen Edelson

Montclair, New Jersey

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