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Positive Sum Games Don't Require Natural Talent

It just dawned on me - there's the "you can do anything, be anything, have anything" crowd - and obviously, that's not literally true. Could anyone play professional golf and win the Masters and perform as first chair violin at a prestigious symphony? Nah, probably not.

But I always think to myself, "I can do anything except the things I can't do yet, and I could learn those and do them if I want to." Most successful people I know think the same way.

Trying to reconcile that, I start thinking: You might need natural talent to win at a zero-sum game, or if you're competing for limited pieces of pie.

But you don't need natural talent for positive sum games. Positive sum games make multiple winners and expand the pie more than what the person eats.

NBA? On the court, it's a zero sum game. Every "W" in the win column comes at the expense of putting an "L" in another team's loss column. There's 5 starters, and if you want to start, you've got to take someone else's spot when they retire or get sent to the bench. Then there's a few more rotation spots, and a few more non-rotation bench spots. And that's pretty much it.

Boston Red Sox: Start of the 2013 MLB Season

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Last season, I was bored one day and decided I would start following an MLB team. After spending a few hours online and eliminating teams, I settled on the Boston Red Sox. They ended up finishing 69-93, their worst record since 1965. Drama encompassed the season, leading to the firing of manager Bobby Valentine right after the end. A significant portion of the team was loaded off close to the end of the season in order to create a new imagine of the team.

Now, I completely admit that I am more of an "artificial" fan, but that won't stop me from supporting them this upcoming season. As the 2013 season is about to begin, it's about time I give a little preview of what to expect for the Red Sox. I know there has already been a few games played, but screw it.


Last season, the Red Sox had a 5.19 ERA, good for fourth worst in the league. The introduction of manager John Farrell (former Toronto Blue Jays manger) shows a sign to help the Red Sox become a better pitching team. Farrell used to be the pitching coach of the Red Sox under Terry Francona and is hence familiar with the organization. Ryan Dempster from the Texas Rangers will be the only new face in the starting rotation that also consists of Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, John Lackey, and "ace" Jon Lester.

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