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Let us deal today with a timely sports question. How do you choose a company softball team? The answer is, there are lots of ways. My favourite way is in a bar, late at night, with a hat, 50 pieces of paper, and a group of people who like to sing Abba songs in Swedish, even though they don't speak Swedish. But that is just my way. And I don't hit very well. Others take it more seriously. In fact, to certain types, investment bankers, account executives, anyone from London, softball leagues have become roughly the equivalent of, oh, say, holy or corporate war. First of all, May is too late to be picking softball teams. In today's competitive business world, the winning teams made up their rosters back in November. Several players actually are under contract year-around. They will never admit this, of course. But if you know a burly Accounts Director who hasn't met a quota in years, chances are he's somebody's first baseman. Still there is hope for your group, the other company could go bust or you could merge. And if that kind of luck should strike, you better be ready. Here then, as a public service, and I don't do this for everybody, are 25 tried-andtested methods for picking a winning softbal team. I emphasize the word winning, which is not the same as wearing a sweatshirt and waking up with a hangover. Ready?    Never pick the boss. Never pick the boss' secretary. Pick Bob from the lending department. o If there is no Bob, pick Frank. No doubt Frank will know a Bob, probably from some other lending department, and Bob will know another Bob. Or Eddie. So you end up with three guys, either Bob, Bob, and Bob, or Frank, Bob, and Bob, or Frank, Bob, and Eddie. This, by the way, is your starting outfield. Never pick a Paul If you hold open tryouts, and a player shows up with a large radio on his shoulder, grab him. o Unless the radio is playing Chico. Are we dealing with mixed teams? We are? In that case, anyone named Brittney gets in automatically. At least on my team. Take any player with his own coolbox. o If you do not understand this, I am not going to explain. You should join the company squash league instead, where they drink Perrier. No vice presidents. Never take a guy wearing a batting glove. o Batting gloves do nothing. Batting gloves are an excuse for people to spend £10.00, so the owner of the sports shop can take his wife to France. Anyone with a tattoo starts. Two tattoos bats wherever he or she wants Important tip: look at the glove.

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If it is ratty and frayed and has masking tape all over it, you want the guy. If it is shiny and orange and is signed by Sammy Sosa, you'd better pass. If he owns spikes, he's in. Never take the boss. o I know we covered this already. I don't want you to forget. Another important tip: look at the car. o As a general rule, people who drive Volkswagen beetles make good softball players. I don't know why this is. I have never seen a decent softball player pull up in a Jaguar. Ever. No more than four players with glasses. Only players named "Pepper" or "Spike" or "Scooter" can be your shortstop. o But only if that's his real name. Have him bring a birth certificate. I mean, anyone can call himself "Scooter", right? You want the guy whose parents thought it up. Pick someone with spare bats. Get at least one person from sales. o Even if he or she can't play, at least you'll find out what all those other sneaky salespeople are planning. Choose a catcher who is loud and obnoxious. o Someone who will say to a batter, "Hey. If you had a brain, you'd be outside playing with it." NEVER PICK THE BOSS! o Just a reminder. No Smirnoff Ice drinkers. o I don't trust them. If the best looking girl or blokes in the office are at all interested, sign her up. The hell with their averages. o

So there you have it. Of course, these rules apply only if your goal is to win the softball trophy and go to the awards dinner. On the other hand, if your goal is to get ahead in business, I advise only two things: Pick your boss, and let him play shortstop. Softball: It’s not a sport, its a lifestyle


				
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