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Culture Crossing by Michael Landers

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TWO

Me or We?

Recognize the differences between group and individual orientation, and why it matters

On a balmy July afternoon in 2002, more than forty thousand U.S. baseball fans flocked to Milwaukee’s Miller Park to attend a highly anticipated Major League All-Star game. Legends such as Hank Aaron and Willie Mays were being honored, while superstars like Cal Ripken Jr. and Barry Bonds competed on the field. After eleven innings, the game finished “amid a sea of boos” when a 7–7 tie was called. Both teams had simply run out of pitchers.1

Players, fans, and the press were all outraged by the tie score. According to one ESPN reporter, “the outcry was such that you would have thought commissioner Bud Selig had walked to the mound and dropped puppies ...

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