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Why Decision-Making Matters

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The happiest day of the 2010 season for me was when I woke up one morning and heard the absurd rumor that an Edwin Jackson for Dan Hudson trade was in the works. I remember being so excited, and so fearful that the trade wouldn't go down, that for the longest time after hearing about the trade, I refused to comment on AZSnakepit because of the stupid and semi-superstitious thought that my comment would lead to some butterfly effect that somehow ended up causing Kenny Williams to pull back his offer. Kenny Williams didn't pull back. Jerry DiPoto pulled the trigger. And here we are one year later, our team in the midst of a tight playoff race, and the White Sox falling apart. Luck in baseball matters. Consistently good decision-making matters more. Obviously Dan Hudson by himself isn't the reason why we're in position to contend for the next five years. But every fifth day he takes the ball on the mound, I thank my lucky stars that I'm a Dbacks fan, and that our organization doesn't make the same poor decisions so many other teams choose to make.

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