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It was a simple, quiet act of leadership. Understated but effective.
David Cone was explaining it to me in the New York Yankees clubhouse more than a decade ago, how he loved when catcher Mike Stanley would put down a sign -- fastball, slider or split -- and follow up the sign with a little fist pump. "It's a sign of conviction," Cone said. "Like, 'I believe in you and I believe in the pitch I've just called. Let's do it.'"
I didn't say it to Cone at the time, but I knew a catcher ...
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