Thursday, January 18, 2018
A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton hadn’t won a game in eight weeks. A critical press was suggesting that he be dropped from the starting rotation. The future looked bleak and Sutton felt terrible. At that point Dodgers manager Walter Alston summoned Sutton to his office. Sutton prepared himself for the worst.
“Don,” said Alston, “I know how the past couple of months have been for you. Everybody is wondering whether or not we will make it to the play-offs. Well, I’ve made a decision about you. If the Dodgers are going to win this year, we’re going to win with Don Sutton pitching. Come what will, you’re staying in the starting job. That’s all I wanted to say.”
Sutton’s losing streak lasted two more weeks, but he felt different about it. Something in him was turning around. Then he said, “I found myself pitching the best ball of my career.” In the National League pennant drive, he won 13 out of 14. That vote of confidence made a difference!
Is there someone near you today who desperately needs to receive a vote of confidence from you?