A few of baseball's most imaginative tacticians have received Cook's revolutionary ideas with at least a well-what-do-you-know-about-that sort of interest. Walter Alston says, "If these figures are correct, Cook must have something. Sometimes we get in the habit of following the book, and maybe we are not really certain what the book actually is. Maybe we've just been playing what we assumed was the proper way." Paul Richards adds: "It would be a mistake to just brush off something like this." Understandably, Alston was not at all inclined to brush off the mathematical approbation that base-stealing receives. "I think," said the manager of Maury Wills and Willie Davis, "that we came around to that idea pretty good by ourselves." Alston, Richards and Bill Veeck all applaud the exposure of the sacrifice bunt. Says Richards, "When Cook says the sacrifice is the most overrated tactic in baseball, he's right. The defense against the bunt in obvious situations has become so proficient as to make the value of it negligible. When you sacrifice, you are giving away one third of your inning. Too often you end up with your hitters bunting and your bunters hitting." On Bobby Bragan's inverted lineup, however, opinion is mixed. Says Bragan himself, "Except for the first inning, no manager can control a lineup. I'd like Hank Aaron to hit after Felipe Alou and Lee Maye, but after the first inning there is no guarantee that this will happen again. Granted, batting Aaron first means that he has to come up at least 162 times a year with nobody but himself to drive in. On the other hand, it also means there are 162 times that Aaron will not be walked intentionally." Frank Lane admits that Bragan "has a little something there." but insists he "likes to stick a little speed into the top of the order and a considerable amount of speed into the eighth position." Alston is emphatic: "I can't see it. I'd hate to see Tommy Davis leading off and Maury Wills batting cleanup." Alston also does not approve of Cook's theory of rotating pitchers. "I think you would need a staff of about 15 for this," he says. Richards goes further: "Obviously the remarks of an amateur who knows nothing about the strange ways of a pitcher's arm. One inning can be just as wearing as nine. Try that procedure, and about the Fourth of July you'd have 10 pitchers with their arms hanging in shreds." Veeck is high on one aspect of the pitching plan, though. "By all means," he says, "get the pitcher out of there. I just want to speed up the game and eliminate the dead air. If you take a pitcher out during the inning, it slows up the game. Take him out between innings and it perks things up—makes it interesting for the fans."