Itís my experience that championships are fun for 13 minutes. Championships are really, honestly, a playerís prize. Their emotions and feelings of actual accomplishment cannot be duplicated by the fan. The prize for the fan is thousands of small victories from early March until, we hope, well into October. The walk-off, of course. But, itís the late innings, sitting upright; totally focused; begging/praying for the batter to just put the damn ball in play. For the pitcher to just throw one strike.
God, all Iím asking for is one strike.
We go to work and most of us lose out on our dreams or forget them entirely. We are never as good looking or rich or satisfied as we once imagined. We have a vague understanding that this is not how it was supposed to be but nothing beyond that. We do what we do because we have to do what we have to do.
So, is one motherfucking strike too much to ask? Seriously?
I think if youíre going to follow something, if youíre going to invest in something then you should have a solid grasp of the thing. You should know what pitch youíd like to see here. And you should also know that more people than youíll ever meet in your life will know more than you about any given subject; baseball included.
The journey is the destination. Someone already wrote that, so why spend 10x as many words saying the same thing? Because it doesnít capture it the way I see it. The anticipation is the destination. It takes point something seconds for a ball to reach the catcherís mitt, it takes point something seconds for a ball to slip through some idiot fielderís hands. The actual game is very very quick. So fast, most people cannot play it. So it is waiting for the pitch, waiting for the batter, building the tension in your mind, working yourself into a frenzy for something that will last point something seconds and then will be over and the result will be the result and that will be that and you did nothing to aid or hinder and your life, presumably, has not changed course.
Why do you punch that wall? Why do you bury your head? Why do you type fulminations to strangers?
Because one motherfucking strike is not too much to ask.
Edited by Drocca, 28 February 2008 - 02:03 PM.