Below is a link to my most recent article for Amazin' Avenue, entitled, "The Mets Should Go For It Now." A couple weeks have passed since it was published, but my opinion is unchanged. The team likely needs reinforcements from outside the organization if it is to take the next step toward Sandy Alderson's long-stated goal of perennial contention.
Here's the article. Thanks for reading!
Today, I read a newspaper -- that is, actual pieces of paper with words printed on them -- for the first time in many months, if not years. What an interesting experience. It seemed the articles -- tactile and immediate -- held my attention much longer than their on-screen counterparts.
I hypothesize it has something to do with the meaning, roughly speaking, we ascribe to each medium. Newspapers are only newspapers. They are objects designed and created with a singular purpose. Computer screens, on the other hand (or mobile devices, tables, or whatever) deliver information and imagery of all stripes, limited only by the consumer's momentary impulse, whim, or interest. In other words, newspapers are for reading the news; computers are for doing much more than that alone. In contrast to my digital experience, when I sit and do something as relatively basic as read a newspaper or a magazine or a book, my impulses, whims, and temporary pursuits into various tangential avenues seem to recede into the background somewhat.
Of course, that isn't always my experience, and, from what I understand, it isn't necessarily an experience shared by others. Still, it's an experience, and I thought it worth sharing.
This is a very weird spring for me in a lot of ways. Some of my interests have changed, and I don't get as fired up about certain things any more. I still want to help people, but I don't want to help people who don't want any help, which is good. Moreover, I don't want to help people at my own expense. In fact, I am increasingly interested in taking care of myself first and foremost, partly because I like myself a lot more these days than I probably ever have before, and partly because I have come to believe that "being the change I wish to see in the world" (or whatever that quote is) is the only way, to say nothing of the fact that if you keep drawing water from a well without a tributary to feed it, that well is going to dry the hell up.
Also, the chances of other people changing their minds because of something I said (especially here on Facebook) are very, very small indeed. People love and cling to their opinions, myself included, and tend to seek information that serves to reinforce them, myself included. So, meh: The things I say are mostly preaching to the choir, including this, which is fine. I'm not a mind-changer; I'm a verbalizer. Agree with me or don't, and I increasingly (fortunately) could give a shit if you don't. Also, understand me, or don't understand me: Either way is fine, since I usually don't fully understand myself.
I'm done with trying to be perfect. I've lived most of my life trying to be perfect, whereas I'm at my best when I'm just letting myself live, and doing so imperfectly.
I'm okay with that. But it makes me uncomfortable, too, because it doesn't fit (in some ways) with my self-concept -- because I'm supposed to be a "nice guy." I mean, I am a nice guy, but I'm other things, too.
Whatever. Who cares? Happy Monday.