The Breakdown: Stubbornness
September 21, 2010
For the most part, I’m an extremely stubborn person. Well, I’d prefer to just say stubborn; it’s my wife who insists on the “extremely” part. Anyway, I don’t like to go back on anything I say, especially when it’s something I wrote in a column that, you know, about 14,000 people (theoretically) read.
A few weeks ago, when the football season was just getting under way, I made the statement that baseball was now dead to me. And, really, I didn’t plan on writing about it for a long time – or at least until my Cubs were relevant again.
You see, toward the end of the season, that’s when those of us who root for the perpetual losers start to, well, lose interest; that’s when we really start longing for another sport to take our minds off the pain and the misery that another summer of blown leads, errors on routine plays and terrible pitching gives us.
It’s been a rough season for me – and all other Cub fans out there. I mean, the only news the Northsiders have made in the past couple months was the bizarre on-field stabbing of Tyler Colvin. In case you didn’t hear about it, Colvin was leaving third base after Welington Castillo hit a broken-bat bloop to left field. Colvin, the alert player that he is, never saw the giant chunk of wood flying right at him, and it stabbed him in the chest. No, literally, the sharp end of the broken bat stabbed him in the chest. He’s still in the hospital a few days later.
I don’t want to make light of the situation – although he is doing fine – but you know your team is doomed when the players start getting impaled by equipment while running the bases.
It’s ridiculous, and it’s things like this that make me wonder if the Cubs really are, gulp, cursed.
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(Serious note: This whole incident really brings up the question – once again – of why baseball players are still using maple bats. That’s what Castillo was using, and these bats tend to break off into large, more dangerous pieces than bats that are made of ash. The ash bats tend to splinter into smaller, less javelin-like weapons when they break. Why not outlaw the bats? It seems there’s at least one significant incident every season because of maple bats breaking and flying at players. Feels like an easy decision to me, and I’m shocked the MLB player’s union hasn’t done anything about this.)
Anyway, to many fans of the less pathetic and less frustrating franchises of Major League Baseball, the end of this season is actually getting pretty exciting. And seeing as I’m writing in a market – Colorado – where the team is making its (now-annual) September run at a playoff spot, I felt it was needed to mention this.
Really, I wanted to write more about football. I mean, Week 2 had so many great story lines. There was the overhyped, obnoxious setup of the “Manning Bowl” on Sunday night ending with Peyton reminding everyone in the world why there’s such a thing as a little-brother complex. Then there was Brandon Jacobs of the Giants flinging his helmet into the stands, only to make security go an retrieve it from the fan. (Ridiculous, by the way. Any item from the game that goes into the stands should be kept by the fan that catches it, especially if said item could’ve caused some serious injury like a 20-pound helmet.) There’s also the full-sale changes at quarterback for at least three teams (Carolina, Buffalo and Philly), which seems to be a crazy overreaction after playing just two games. (It is the NFL, though, where overreaction is as much a part of the game as the lines on the field.) And of course, the Broncos picked up their first win of the season, proving that, yes, they can beat a team with a washed-up QB, no true offensive weapons and a defense that’s easier to score on than Paris Hilton.
Well, I guess I did just write about all of that. And that one sentence about the Rockies doesn’t really count for much, huh?
Well, maybe “extremely” stubborn is the right way to put it.
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