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For inspiration, Nationals turn to ... Mike Shanahan?

The whiteboard in the Nationals clubhouse typically contains the day's schedule and events -- what time for batting practice, when players need to be on the field for the National Anthem, if the barber is available. Things like that. Today, hitting coach Rick Eckstein scrawled a quotation above it all:

"The way to bring out the best in you is not by chance, but rather through preparation."
- M.S. -

"M.S." stands for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. Eckstein has been reading one of Shanahan's books lately, and he found that saying particularly appealing. And so we have D.C. sports cross-pollination.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 20, 2010; 6:15 PM ET
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What are the chances that there is a more banal aphorism in Shanahan's book?

Slim, though I suppose the Nats should take any help they can get.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | September 20, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

It sounds better in the original French.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 20, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

The far more memorable way of saying the same thing, attributed to Branch Rickey, is "luck is the residue of design."

Posted by: Meridian1 | September 20, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

But is the sentiment - however expressed - useful?

(It's a simple game. Maybe it helps to be reminded of that.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | September 20, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm going to get sick.

Posted by: jwing14 | September 20, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

See also Chance is the foolish name for fate...Give me a name for chance and I am a fool...Fate is a foolish thing to take chances with...I am a fate to take foolish chances with...Chances are that fate is foolish....Fate is the foolish thing. Take a, never mind...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 21, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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