Monday, May 11, 2009

Reality Check

I didn't post yesterday, which means I broke my promise.  You couldn't have believed I would stick to it anyway, right?

This will be short.  Here's a shot of the peacock that lives in the garden at the hotel:


Sometimes when one has spent 50+ days on a tropical island, one can feel a little cut off from the "real world."  I'm not exactly far from civilization, but I'm not on my normal mainland schedule, so it's only natural that I feel detached.  And even though this Manny thing has hit me hard (I told Christine tonight that something like the Manny situation makes me think about what it would mean to give up baseball if the cheating thing gets to be too much for me to handle, and how I wouldn't really know who I am without that part of my personality; melodramatic, certainly, but still true), I know it would be worse if I were in L.A. right now. After all, I'm not looking at newspapers or listening to sports radio down here.  Yes, I'm on the internet and all that, but it just feels far away.  People have wanted to talk about it with me, and I implore them to leave me alone because I don't know what else I can say.

But then, on my way back to my room tonight after a delicious dinner, I saw this, and it all came crashing back:


The Dodgers play on ESPN on Wednesday night.  I might have to mute it a few times because I know they will only be talking about Manny.  How depressing.

1 comment:

Bruce Paine said...

(I told Christine tonight that something like the Manny situation makes me think about what it would mean to give up baseball if the cheating thing gets to be too much for me to handle, and how I wouldn't really know who I am without that part of my personality; melodramatic, certainly, but still true)

This is very much the mindset I used when I gave up on baseball. It isn't just the cheating, its the way it is perpetrated, mass psychosis that pervaded the users and associates, and the blatant and arrogant way the union and owners decided to systematically disregard it. I thought your comment was interesting because it shows that peoplea re willing to consider their own thresholds. I talk about a lot of horizons that many of my associates don't want to hear about. My goal is not to turn them over to a darker side, but to get them to reasonably associate themselves with a defining threshold that says, "I am willing to accept this up to this point and no further." I really don't give two craps about the MLB. Screw those guys. I love the game but things just went to far. I will admit that I do find every at-bat that Albert Pujols makes to be a riveting sequence of events, but I cannot fully engage it because the line was drawn and crossed. It is a totally rational and fine thing to say enough is enough and mean it.