Most baseball fans have wondered at some point whether their favorite team is giving it’s best effort.
I don’t know of another sport in which the allocation of effort is so carefully considered. In football, players are expected to go full-pace the entire game. Basketball players also go full-tilt knowing the coach will bring in a fresh player if they tire. Soccer might be comparable, but I am not as familiar with that sport.
In baseball, it is routine for a player to ease up when he becomes convinced the throw will beat him. Starting pitchers must pace themselves just to get deep into the game. Pitchers can’t throw every day and managers have been known to remove them early if the game’s result is not in doubt. Position players usually get a few days off in the heat of the summer. Additionally, the considerate fan does not criticize the player who slows down for fear of re-injuring a hamstring.
Still, everyone can think of a time when it seemed a player was not giving their best.
It never seemed obvious that this edition of the Indians failed to give a good effort early in the season. You can’t be sure that a player was truly concentrating when he missed that curveball or got a slightly slow start chasing a flyball. Nevertheless, this team has underperformed.
I bring that up now because it is so much more fun to watch the Indians play with these new guys providing the spark. While I hesitate to say there was a lack of effort earlier, I feel quite certain that Francisco Lindor, Giovanny Urshela and others are busting their tails. it’s what the announcers call “energy.”
It’s a joy to watch.