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Anaesthetists and wicket keepers. ‘They also serve who only stand and wait’
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    Catchers and Leadership
    • Tim Delaney, Pharmacist Tallaght University Hospital Dublin

    This was a most enjoyable read.

    "The role of wicket keeper is similar to being a catcher in baseball, and not usually associated with charisma or conventional leadership."

    In baseball, until November 2004, one of the longest and most famous droughts (years without winning the World Series) was that of the Boston Red Sox. It was said that they had been cursed for selling Babe Ruth, one of the greatest hitters in history, to their hated rivals, the New York Yankees. This was known as the Curse of the Bambino.

    But the historic curse was ended in 2004, when the Red Sox finally won the Series, under the exceptional leadership of their captain, the catcher Jason Varitek.

    As with the leadership of Mike Brearley in cricket, Jason Varitek in baseball showed that the exception proves the rule for catchers in every field.

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