Take Don Cooper, pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox and the man perhaps most responsible for leading this team of castoffs into last fall’s World Series.
Nobody thinks dumb luck made his pitching staff so good all of a sudden. Cooper worked hard in the farm system, finally becoming Chicago’s pitching coach three years ago. His manager says Cooper’s pitchers love and trust him. Last fall, they threw four complete games in the championship series and went on to win the World Series.
Cooper’s reaction? He’s grateful.
“How fortunate am I?,” Cooper said. “How blessed am I to be part of this thing? Believe me, I know that. There are a lot of guys in the minors who could do this as well or better. But I’m here and I’m blessed.”
—Adapted from “With Cooper in Charge, Chicago Comes Up Aces,” Les Carpenter, The Washington Post.