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You walk that balance

Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neil Huntington on his pregame show was asked how he can juggle playing to win vs giving inexperienced players a chance to play. He answered, “You walk that balance.”  This is a combo of “walk that fine (or thin) line”  (balance two competing ideas or groups) and “balance (something) against (something else)”, meaning to compare two things, typically one positive and one negative. in order to make a decision).  This is a subtle but excellent conflation, as the two ideas involve competing ideas.  Also, the speaker may have been thinking of gym class, walking the balance beam in gymnastics class.  A shout out to Bob Marchinetti for hearing this one.

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