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Tiger Balm
Steve Rushin
September 01, 2003
Aspiring author Ted Geisel's first manuscript was rejected 28 times, prompting him to reflect, years later, "When you're in a slump/You're not in for much fun./Un-Slumping yourself/Is not easily done." (The writer, of course, escaped life's caboose/Un-Slumping himself into Dr. Seuss.)
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September 01, 2003

Tiger Balm

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Or as the former Ted Geisel put it in Oh, the Places You'll Go! "The magical things you can do with that ball/Will make you the winning-est winner of all./Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be/With the whole wide world watching you win on TV."

Until then, Maroth (6-18 at week's end) might become the first pitcher since Oakland's Brian Kingman in 1980 to lose 20 games. Of course, 20 losses is nothing, as Reggie Strickland (a record 248 career boxing losses) or Zippy Chippy will attest. "People think winning is everything," says Monserrate. "But every time my horse comes to the barn, it's like he won. He never changes. People are not like that. Some owners and trainers, if their horse doesn't win right away, they get rid of him. I say, Why quit, when you can keep trying? In the end, you'll make it."

And if you don't? "When all these rationalizations fail, you can always turn to Red Klotz," says Toomay. As coach of the Washington Generals, Klotz lost more than 8,000 consecutive games to the Harlem Globetrotters and will go down—and down and down—in history as the anti-Lombardi, a coaching god for whom losing wasn't everything, it was the only thing.

"No matter what you think about Red, you have to admit this," says Toomay. "He was very successful at what he did."

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