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accountant, bounced, gross, host, ID, insurance, nagging, naive, occasionally, series

(Don’t) Show Him the Money

by Barry LeBrock
July 12, 2009

source: Los Angeles Times

圖: Pitching phenom Gerrit Cole’s choice was UCLA’s gain…and MLB’s loss

Fastball, changeup or curve? Inside or outside, high or low? Slide step or full leg kick? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of variables a pitcher considers over the course of a nine-inning game. Decisions, decisions.

For UCLA’s Gerrit Cole, one particular decisionmade with consideration, due diligence and enough counsel to satisfy any strategic thinker—has come to define who he is as a baseball player. Selected in the first round of the 2008 Major League draft, Cole was in a position to start his professional career with a seven-figure signing bonus and fulfill his childhood dream of playing for the New York Yankees.

But he said no.

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 career第四級[名詞] 職業;生涯;歷程
 childhood第三級[名詞] 幼時
 consideration第三級[名詞] 考慮
 curve第四級[動詞] 使彎曲;使成曲線; [名詞] 曲線
 define第三級[動詞] 解釋,給...下定義
 diligence第四級[名詞] 勤勉;勤奮
 draft第四級[動詞] 起草;設計; [名詞] 草稿;徵兵;通風
 due第三級[形容詞] 應支付的;欠款的; [副詞] (置於方位詞前)正; [名詞] 應得之物;應得權益;應付款;稅金
 fulfill第四級[動詞] 履行(諾言等)
 major第三級[形容詞] 較多的;主要的; [動詞] 主修 ; [名詞] 主修
 professional第四級[形容詞] 職業性的; [名詞] 專家,內行