This is being posted live from my seat on the couch as the Rays are beating the Red Sox at Fenway 5-0. So, I’m in a good humor.

Just a few moments ago, TBS aired a segment from an interview with Rays manager Joe Maddon. What he said is so wise, and should be so obvious to any who manage people (which is what a baseball manager does). I can only paraphrase what he said, but this is its essence:

“It’s all about relationships. If you are going to criticize – have a conversation with someone to tell him something to make him better – you have to have a relationship with him first. If you have that relationship, then you can tell him what you need to tell him, but you must have that relationship first.”

That’s why I want to get a WWJD bracelet. “What would Joe do?”