Spent fourteen hours at YANKEE STADIUM yesterday. Talked with many former and present YANKEE players, all of whom I have talked to in the past. Relating to the WIN METHOD and how little meaning individual stats are in defining the greatest players, Reggie Jackson spoke on this subject. From what I have heard, Reggie, in a national network interview, said 'how meaningless individual stats can be in determining a players true ability to help his team and in essence be a truly great player. A great player is not measured by individual statistics, but by what he contributes to his teams success. The ability to perform under trying conditions in playoffs and World Series contests. Helping his team win multiple World Series titles and thus achieving true greatness.'
Success can be measured in different ways by different people. The individual stat users who feel that what a player individually achieves for himself determines his greatness have found 'fools gold'. Individual stats are relatively worthless. Yes, they tell you how much, how many, etc. for each player. But they do not measure WHEN. WHEN is the single most important detail in measuring the great players of baseball. The greatest players of any era, achieve their greatest players of all time stature by achieving in the playoffs and the World Series over and over. The truly greatest players in baseball history of any era WIN multiple World Series rings, not only for themselves, but for their team.
The speech by Derek Jeter, (one of the greatest players in baseball over his career), was brilliant and poignant. It was a great salute to the fans, the game of baseball, and the Cathedral of baseball, YANKEE STADIUM.