Baseball is Broken — Oct. 20, 2021

What’s Below 👇🏼
Nazis and Mongols ⚾
Hippie writing ☮️
Inside marriage 💍


The Astros playing the Red Sox to see who advances to the World Series is, to me, akin to the Nazis fighting the Mongols to determine who gets control of the planet — and if you haven’t heard about how the Mongols killed their prisoners, you’re missing out on some good nightmare fuel.

The Astros are evil because they cheated to win a World Series yet no players were punished, and the Red Sox are evil because they’re the Red Sox. That said, the two teams have been playing entertaining baseball, as have their counterparts in the National League, the Dodgers and the Braves.

There are two problems, though, that the Powers The Be in baseball should be worried about.

  1. The games are infuriatingly long. You cannot ask even the most diehard sports fan to commit to a series in which each individual installment lasts more than four hours, which, incidentally, is slower than a Kenyan running two marathons. I love baseball more than most other things in life, but there is basically nothing I actually want to do for four-plus hours in a row — and then do again the next night (and the next and the next).
  2. The games don’t resemble what was played during the regular seasons. The Dodgers have arguably three of the top 5 starting pitchers from the regular season on their staff. Yet in the first three games of the series, they used no fewer than seven pitchers to get through nine innings. Not only is this contributing to the first problem, it’s not what fans recognize as the regular-season game. And I get it: The playoffs are different. But the way pitching staffs are managed in the playoffs isn’t baseball. Or at least not baseball that I want to watch.

In Other Writing …


What Marriage Looks Like

When Wifey Poo and I married at age 22, we had no grand illusions about what marriage would actually look like. Neither of us was under the spell of a youthful mirage that said the marital bed would be all passion, silk and lazy Sunday mornings in which we both woke up looking even better with breath that smelled like roses and awesomeness.

That said, I don’t think either of us thought it would look like foot braces, mouth guards and sleep apnea masks complete with chin strips that make it look like you just had your wisdom teeth pulled.

Yet here we are, side by side in all our brokenness. And that makes me smile.


The ‘What Did You Say?’ of the Day (Renamed… for her pleasure)

‘It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.’

Patrick Rothfuss

Today’s Reasons to Keep Living

  1. Wifey Poo is having foot surgery Nov. 4. Pardon the pun, but for the first time in our marriage, the shoe’s on the other foot and she’ll need me to take care of her after a medical procedure!
  2. I made this video, my first for my new gig, and I’m looking forward to making more.
  3. The leaves are falling, and that brings peace to my soul.

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