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October is the month when each and every win counts all that much more. Each win could be the difference between making history and going home. It's the time when heroes rise to the occasion and errors follow players for the rest of their careers.
The sports world has its attention fixed firmly on the Major League Baseball playoffs. What started out as a 162-game endurance contest is now a series of do-or-die matchups. Four teams have survived the first round test, and they are not the ones many predicted at the start of the year, or the start of last week.
The best regular-season teams in each league are gone -- dismissed rather easily. The Dodgers swept the heavily favored Cubs, who were the best team in the National League this season. The Red Sox showed the Angels the door last night, taking the best-of-five series in four games. The Angels, who many predicted would win the World Series, lost the first two games at home. They fought back, taking Game 3 and tying Game 4 up late, only to lose in the end. Jason Bay scored on a two-out single to clinch the series for the Bosox.
However, it was a botched play on the base paths by the Angels in the top of the ninth that brought the Fenway Park crowd to its feet and swung the momentum permanently back in the Sox' favor. You knew when Erick Aybar missed that suicide squeeze bunt and Jason Varitek was able to run down and tag Reggie Willits that the Angels were done.
Elsewhere, my old team, the Phillies, knocked off the wildcard-winning Milwaukee Brewers, and the surprising Tampa Bay Rays downed the Chicago White Sox, who had just barely made it into the post-season.
The bottom line is that winners find a way to win. It's in their blood. They have some fight in them and they do not run away when the going gets tough. When it matters most, they come through. Now, I may not be lacing up the cleats and flashing the leather anymore, but I am still winning. I'm winning when times are good, and I am winning when others are running for the hills. See for yourself by
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Nails on the Numbers
Since Sept. 17, I have had eight victories totaling $28,650. Within that time, the Dow has traded as high as 11,450.81 and as low as 9503.10. I score long-term and short-term wins.
, which has been on the board for 164 days -- my longest of the year -- finally came home for a $4,600 win Oct. 3.
, which was my pick on Sept. 12, was in play just two days before bringing home a $1,000 victory.
, which I selected on Sept. 24, also brought home $1,000 win in just one day.
I also grabbed an $8,100 win with
, a $3,100 victory with
and a $5,750 win with
, to name a few. I have picked solid companies that are winners. I have stuck to my system and followed the rules, and today I am ahead for it. I have seven open positions -- some of which are down -- but my record of picks that are in the books is 71-0. I still expect those picks in play to turn it around and with most of them (with the exception of two), time is on my side.
Always remember: Life is a journey, enjoy the ride.
Lenny Dykstra manages Nails on the Numbers, a premium options trading service. Mr. Dykstra is 71-0 in his picks this year. Click here for a free trial to Nails on the Numbers. Mr. Dykstra writes about options trading regularly for TheStreet.com.
At the time of publication, Dykstra had no positions in stocks mentioned.
Nicknamed 'Nails' for his tough style of play, Lenny is a former Major League Baseball player for the 1986 World Champions, New York Mets and the 1993 National League Champions, Philadelphia Phillies. A three time All-Star as a ballplayer, Lenny now serves as president for several privately held businesses in Southern California. He is the founder of The Players Club; it has been his desire to give back to the sport that gave him early successes in life by teaching athletes how to invest and protect their incomes. He currently manages his own portfolio and writes an investment strategy column for TheStreet.com, and is featured regularly on CNBC and other cable news shows. Lenny was selected as OverTime Magazine's 2006-2007 "Entrepreneur of the Year."