This is a "must-read" book that has been published this Spring by New York Postís Baseball Columnist, Joel Sherman. A link with information about the book and how to purchase a copy can be found below. An excerpt from page 302 can be found under the link. Be sure to focus on the highlighted area when you read it. A portion of David Cone's forward he wrote for the book is also attached. Buy it, you will enjoy it!
FOUND ON PAGE 302:
Torre, Zimmer, Mel Stottlemyre and Bob
Watson all had just come from the National League, and
each admired how Girardi worked a game. But Girardiís attributes were understated and difficult to
sell. He had eighteen career homers, as many as
FROM DAVID CONE'S FOREWORD:
It is hard to put into words just what 1996 meant to me, so let me try someone elseís: "We play today we win today. Datís it." That was the statement our second baseman Mariano Duncan made the team motto as the 1996 season progressed. It was especially fitting that year because of all the adversity and distractions that we encountered. We could have had excuses, but that was not a team for excuse making. It was a team that focused on getting a job done. True genius is sometimes measured by the ability to simplify and Marianoís statement struck a chord throughout the organization. David Szen, the traveling secretary for the Yankees, started to include this motto at the top of every itinerary for road trips. A lot of people have tried to define or quantify the importance of team chemistry, but this remains one of the mysteries of sport. A bonding and confidence materialized before our eyes that year because everyone bought into a team-oriented concept. Ask me how this happened? Why? Numerous variables came into play, but one constant I remember was no matter who was hurt, who we were playing or what kind of lineup we ran out there, "We play today we win today. Dat's it." It was our rallying cry. It was our soul.