Sometimes baseball games can be a real dogfight that continues late into the night and into extra innings. Those games were always fun for me. I loved the added intensity, but for some it made them nervous. You could tell which players were trying to do too much, or those who got eaten up by the pressure. But at the end of the night, when your team is celebrating around home, it is particularly special. Getting those extra-inning wins helps bring a team together. When I was with the New York Mets in the 1986, we faced a tough pitcher in Mike Scott during the NLCS. Scott won the Cy Young Award that year and also had thrown a no-hitter to clinch the Western Division for the Houston Astros. Talk about adversity. He had already won two games and, with the series knotted at two, we didn't want to see Scott again in a possible Game 7. We would play all night if it meant avoiding Scott later in the series. We went on to win games 5 and 6 in a combined 28 innings. That's basically three games fit into two. The pennant-clinching win in Game 6 alone was 16 innings long. It was a huge moment for our team. The simple fact is that some wins take longer than others. But a win is still a win. With my options plays, I like getting quick wins, but sometimes getting the "W" takes patience and the strength to believe in the decision. (You can learn my system in my Nails on the Numbers newsletter. Click here for a free trial..