Yesterday was a big day for the people of Philadelphia. They had been waiting a long time for a pro sports championship of any kind in their city, and I'm proud of my old organization for bringing home the World Series crown.
I bet Cramer is ecstatic as well -- the Phils haven't been back to the big dance since 1993. I still feel we should have won that series, but today is this team's day. Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies organization for winning its second World Series title last night.
Winning must have been in the air. While I'm willing to concede that the Phils may have brought home a bigger win yesterday, I did grab one of my own.
, my pick from last Friday, crossed the finish line for a quick $1,000 victory, improving my record to 81-0 with $205,800 in wins.
My purchase order was filled on Monday, and my GTC sell order was filled on Wednesday, a day in which the market rallied for the bulk of the day, but felt a sharp decline to close in negative territory at the end of the session. I tell you, these wild swings are unbelievable.
But getting back to the Phils, they had to exhibit some key traits in order to win. They persevered and were patient, and they didn't listen to the critics who picked them to be bounced from the playoffs early on. I was glad to see Pat Burrell, who was 0-10 in the series before his last at-bat, come up with a big double off the wall that turned out to be the winning run. Well done.
But before they could win, Mother Nature threw the Rays and Phillies a Cole Hamels-esque hammer this week, postponing the conclusion of Game 5 until last night. It was a strange turn of events. The teams had played five and a half innings before the game was suspended due to a heavy, consistent downpour in Philadelphia on Monday. They couldn't resume on Tuesday due to the weather, so Wednesday was the day to play.
Although the decision to even start the game was a clouded one, the way it was handled was favorable for both sides. World Series MVP Cole Hamels was most likely coming out of the game for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth on Monday anyway, so that wasn't a concern. Nobody knew when the rain would stop for sure, so the game was suspended until further notice.
The players thought it was the best idea, as Chase Utley told reporters that winning a World Series because of a rain-shortened game was unacceptable. With an unexpected element playing a huge factor, Bud Selig's decision was commendable. He made the right call at the right time.
That's what I try to do with my system each and every day. I try to pick my spots, adjusting to what the market is telling me. The wild market volatility has caused me to do extra homework on my picks, but you will notice that the results have been out of this world. So far in October, I have made 14 picks. Out of those 14 picks made in October, 10 have already crossed the finish line for $12,000 in wins. (As a reminder, I make three exclusive picks a week in my newsletter Nails on the Numbers.
In addition to yesterday's win with Halliburton, my wins this month include
, an earlier win with Halliburton,
The Shaw Group
. The longest any of those have stayed in play was just three days.
I have had just four other picks so far this month that are not in the win column. Two are currently in play. One has been canceled as per my rule because my purchase order was not filled within one week of my column, and one is still an open order that has not been filled, but still has a chance to.
To say that my system has proved its value during this rocky period would be an understatement. Having a strategy and discipline during troublesome times is important for any successful individual. My strategy is to not panic, but instead to keep my cool. I like to hold a firm stance despite the volatility, sticking to my system.
With the wild market, people have been trading off of fear. I, on the other hand, have stood tall, believing in myself and my system, and it has paid off big time for me and my subscribers.
Always remember: Life is a journey, enjoy the ride!
Lenny Dysktra manages Nails on the Numbers, a subscription service sold by TheStreet.com. He is 80-0 this season on his options picks. Dykstra writes regularly about options trades 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."