Embrace the White Elephant

joe-7-17The MLB Oakland Athletics are one of the American League’s eight charter franchises. The club was founded in 1901 in Philadelphia, and since the 1905 World Series, the team has had an unlikely mascot. The team known most commonly as the A’s wears a white elephant on their sleeve.

(Um, a big, slow, lumbering elephant? How does that represent someone Athletic?)

The ironic thing is that a white elephant is a term used to describe something out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. A lost cause. The term “white elephant” was given to the A’s by then-manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw. A confident John told reporters before the 1905 World Series that the owner of the A’s and his team had no chance at winning the Series because he had a “white elephant on his hands….” The Giants made good on John’s insensitive prediction and proceeded to clobber the A’s four games to one to win the 1905 championship.

In a game filled with superstition it seems a white elephant mascot is ill-fated. If something is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth, that would not be an A—that would be more like a D+ or a solid C- at best. Bottom line is this: would you play for a baseball team that is proud of the lost cause? Well, in this instance, I would. I admire the Athletics franchise for accepting their past and using it to fuel their future. They make no apologies. The front office embraced it. I enjoy that they used the white elephant as billboard material even before clubhouse billboards probably even existed. The A’s made the white elephant an integral part of their brand, and they’re far from a lost cause. They are one of Major League Baseball’s greatest success stories:

  • 9 World Series Championships
  • 15 AL Pennants
  • 16 Division titles
  • 2 Wildcard berths
  • A Best Picture Oscar-nominated movie, Moneyball, that highlights their innovative front office
  • One of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball: $83 Million (Contrast that to the Los Angeles Dodgers at $245 Million)

That’s not a lost cause.

I call that solid ROI. And it’s ROI, not ROI’s. Baseball geeks will understand what I mean.

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Embrace the White Elephant

joe-7-17The MLB Oakland Athletics are one of the American League’s eight charter franchises. The club was founded in 1901 in Philadelphia, and since the 1905 World Series, the team has had an unlikely mascot. The team known most commonly as the A’s wears a white elephant on their sleeve.

(Um, a big, slow, lumbering elephant? How does that represent someone Athletic?)

The ironic thing is that a white elephant is a term used to describe something out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. A lost cause. The term “white elephant” was given to the A’s by then-manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw. A confident John told reporters before the 1905 World Series that the owner of the A’s and his team had no chance at winning the Series because he had a “white elephant on his hands….” The Giants made good on John’s insensitive prediction and proceeded to clobber the A’s four games to one to win the 1905 championship.

In a game filled with superstition it seems a white elephant mascot is ill-fated. If something is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth, that would not be an A—that would be more like a D+ or a solid C- at best. Bottom line is this: would you play for a baseball team that is proud of the lost cause? Well, in this instance, I would. I admire the Athletics franchise for accepting their past and using it to fuel their future. They make no apologies. The front office embraced it. I enjoy that they used the white elephant as billboard material even before clubhouse billboards probably even existed. The A’s made the white elephant an integral part of their brand, and they’re far from a lost cause. They are one of Major League Baseball’s greatest success stories:

  • 9 World Series Championships
  • 15 AL Pennants
  • 16 Division titles
  • 2 Wildcard berths
  • A Best Picture Oscar-nominated movie, Moneyball, that highlights their innovative front office
  • One of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball: $83 Million (Contrast that to the Los Angeles Dodgers at $245 Million)

That’s not a lost cause.

I call that solid ROI. And it’s ROI, not ROI’s. Baseball geeks will understand what I mean.

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Embrace the White Elephant

joe-7-17The MLB Oakland Athletics are one of the American League’s eight charter franchises. The club was founded in 1901 in Philadelphia, and since the 1905 World Series, the team has had an unlikely mascot. The team known most commonly as the A’s wears a white elephant on their sleeve.

(Um, a big, slow, lumbering elephant? How does that represent someone Athletic?)

The ironic thing is that a white elephant is a term used to describe something out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. A lost cause. The term “white elephant” was given to the A’s by then-manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw. A confident John told reporters before the 1905 World Series that the owner of the A’s and his team had no chance at winning the Series because he had a “white elephant on his hands….” The Giants made good on John’s insensitive prediction and proceeded to clobber the A’s four games to one to win the 1905 championship.

In a game filled with superstition it seems a white elephant mascot is ill-fated. If something is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth, that would not be an A—that would be more like a D+ or a solid C- at best. Bottom line is this: would you play for a baseball team that is proud of the lost cause? Well, in this instance, I would. I admire the Athletics franchise for accepting their past and using it to fuel their future. They make no apologies. The front office embraced it. I enjoy that they used the white elephant as billboard material even before clubhouse billboards probably even existed. The A’s made the white elephant an integral part of their brand, and they’re far from a lost cause. They are one of Major League Baseball’s greatest success stories:

  • 9 World Series Championships
  • 15 AL Pennants
  • 16 Division titles
  • 2 Wildcard berths
  • A Best Picture Oscar-nominated movie, Moneyball, that highlights their innovative front office
  • One of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball: $83 Million (Contrast that to the Los Angeles Dodgers at $245 Million)

That’s not a lost cause.

I call that solid ROI. And it’s ROI, not ROI’s. Baseball geeks will understand what I mean.

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Embrace the White Elephant

joe-7-17The MLB Oakland Athletics are one of the American League’s eight charter franchises. The club was founded in 1901 in Philadelphia, and since the 1905 World Series, the team has had an unlikely mascot. The team known most commonly as the A’s wears a white elephant on their sleeve.

(Um, a big, slow, lumbering elephant? How does that represent someone Athletic?)

The ironic thing is that a white elephant is a term used to describe something out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. A lost cause. The term “white elephant” was given to the A’s by then-manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw. A confident John told reporters before the 1905 World Series that the owner of the A’s and his team had no chance at winning the Series because he had a “white elephant on his hands….” The Giants made good on John’s insensitive prediction and proceeded to clobber the A’s four games to one to win the 1905 championship.

In a game filled with superstition it seems a white elephant mascot is ill-fated. If something is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth, that would not be an A—that would be more like a D+ or a solid C- at best. Bottom line is this: would you play for a baseball team that is proud of the lost cause? Well, in this instance, I would. I admire the Athletics franchise for accepting their past and using it to fuel their future. They make no apologies. The front office embraced it. I enjoy that they used the white elephant as billboard material even before clubhouse billboards probably even existed. The A’s made the white elephant an integral part of their brand, and they’re far from a lost cause. They are one of Major League Baseball’s greatest success stories:

  • 9 World Series Championships
  • 15 AL Pennants
  • 16 Division titles
  • 2 Wildcard berths
  • A Best Picture Oscar-nominated movie, Moneyball, that highlights their innovative front office
  • One of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball: $83 Million (Contrast that to the Los Angeles Dodgers at $245 Million)

That’s not a lost cause.

I call that solid ROI. And it’s ROI, not ROI’s. Baseball geeks will understand what I mean.

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Embrace the White Elephant

joe-7-17The MLB Oakland Athletics are one of the American League’s eight charter franchises. The club was founded in 1901 in Philadelphia, and since the 1905 World Series, the team has had an unlikely mascot. The team known most commonly as the A’s wears a white elephant on their sleeve.

(Um, a big, slow, lumbering elephant? How does that represent someone Athletic?)

The ironic thing is that a white elephant is a term used to describe something out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. A lost cause. The term “white elephant” was given to the A’s by then-manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw. A confident John told reporters before the 1905 World Series that the owner of the A’s and his team had no chance at winning the Series because he had a “white elephant on his hands….” The Giants made good on John’s insensitive prediction and proceeded to clobber the A’s four games to one to win the 1905 championship.

In a game filled with superstition it seems a white elephant mascot is ill-fated. If something is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth, that would not be an A—that would be more like a D+ or a solid C- at best. Bottom line is this: would you play for a baseball team that is proud of the lost cause? Well, in this instance, I would. I admire the Athletics franchise for accepting their past and using it to fuel their future. They make no apologies. The front office embraced it. I enjoy that they used the white elephant as billboard material even before clubhouse billboards probably even existed. The A’s made the white elephant an integral part of their brand, and they’re far from a lost cause. They are one of Major League Baseball’s greatest success stories:

  • 9 World Series Championships
  • 15 AL Pennants
  • 16 Division titles
  • 2 Wildcard berths
  • A Best Picture Oscar-nominated movie, Moneyball, that highlights their innovative front office
  • One of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball: $83 Million (Contrast that to the Los Angeles Dodgers at $245 Million)

That’s not a lost cause.

I call that solid ROI. And it’s ROI, not ROI’s. Baseball geeks will understand what I mean.

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Embrace the White Elephant

joe-7-17The MLB Oakland Athletics are one of the American League’s eight charter franchises. The club was founded in 1901 in Philadelphia, and since the 1905 World Series, the team has had an unlikely mascot. The team known most commonly as the A’s wears a white elephant on their sleeve.

(Um, a big, slow, lumbering elephant? How does that represent someone Athletic?)

The ironic thing is that a white elephant is a term used to describe something out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. A lost cause. The term “white elephant” was given to the A’s by then-manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw. A confident John told reporters before the 1905 World Series that the owner of the A’s and his team had no chance at winning the Series because he had a “white elephant on his hands….” The Giants made good on John’s insensitive prediction and proceeded to clobber the A’s four games to one to win the 1905 championship.

In a game filled with superstition it seems a white elephant mascot is ill-fated. If something is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth, that would not be an A—that would be more like a D+ or a solid C- at best. Bottom line is this: would you play for a baseball team that is proud of the lost cause? Well, in this instance, I would. I admire the Athletics franchise for accepting their past and using it to fuel their future. They make no apologies. The front office embraced it. I enjoy that they used the white elephant as billboard material even before clubhouse billboards probably even existed. The A’s made the white elephant an integral part of their brand, and they’re far from a lost cause. They are one of Major League Baseball’s greatest success stories:

  • 9 World Series Championships
  • 15 AL Pennants
  • 16 Division titles
  • 2 Wildcard berths
  • A Best Picture Oscar-nominated movie, Moneyball, that highlights their innovative front office
  • One of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball: $83 Million (Contrast that to the Los Angeles Dodgers at $245 Million)

That’s not a lost cause.

I call that solid ROI. And it’s ROI, not ROI’s. Baseball geeks will understand what I mean.

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Embrace the White Elephant

joe-7-17The MLB Oakland Athletics are one of the American League’s eight charter franchises. The club was founded in 1901 in Philadelphia, and since the 1905 World Series, the team has had an unlikely mascot. The team known most commonly as the A’s wears a white elephant on their sleeve.

(Um, a big, slow, lumbering elephant? How does that represent someone Athletic?)

The ironic thing is that a white elephant is a term used to describe something out of proportion to its usefulness or worth. A lost cause. The term “white elephant” was given to the A’s by then-manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw. A confident John told reporters before the 1905 World Series that the owner of the A’s and his team had no chance at winning the Series because he had a “white elephant on his hands….” The Giants made good on John’s insensitive prediction and proceeded to clobber the A’s four games to one to win the 1905 championship.

In a game filled with superstition it seems a white elephant mascot is ill-fated. If something is out of proportion to its usefulness or worth, that would not be an A—that would be more like a D+ or a solid C- at best. Bottom line is this: would you play for a baseball team that is proud of the lost cause? Well, in this instance, I would. I admire the Athletics franchise for accepting their past and using it to fuel their future. They make no apologies. The front office embraced it. I enjoy that they used the white elephant as billboard material even before clubhouse billboards probably even existed. The A’s made the white elephant an integral part of their brand, and they’re far from a lost cause. They are one of Major League Baseball’s greatest success stories:

  • 9 World Series Championships
  • 15 AL Pennants
  • 16 Division titles
  • 2 Wildcard berths
  • A Best Picture Oscar-nominated movie, Moneyball, that highlights their innovative front office
  • One of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball: $83 Million (Contrast that to the Los Angeles Dodgers at $245 Million)

That’s not a lost cause.

I call that solid ROI. And it’s ROI, not ROI’s. Baseball geeks will understand what I mean.

How can we help you make change?

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