The debate over "big play" versus "march down the field" has raged for eons...in and out of sporting arenas. Think tortoise v. hare, a fable from Aesop and ancient Greece.
It's true that sluggers are traditionally more revered by fans and big-armed quarterbacks capture more imagination than a great cover corner back. We have home run derbies at the All Star game, not doubles up the gap contests.
But do the bombers win more? Do they contribute more to success than well-rounded excellence? Not according to some. The book and film Moneyball, which is about management as much as it is about baseball, is a recent contributor to this debate. In the world of big business, the go-for-broke and grind-it-out camps each have visible success stories.