Losing… It May Not Be Important, But It Does Suck
You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. Losing after great striving is the story of man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought, and who, if he is a hero, does nothing in life as becomingly as leaving it.
Kahn, Roger (2011-02-22). The Boys of Summer (Kindle Locations 53-55). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
wow.. baseball sucks right now.. and if you don’t know what it feels like to lose 13 out of 14 games please keep your comments to yourself
– Ports Player Tweet
Losing sucks. In case you’ve missed it, my favorite minor league team, the Stockton Ports, have been mired in a nine game losing streak which has also seen them lose thirteen of the last fourteen games.
It’s not that the team is playing badly, they’re not. It’s just that the breaks that usually go in that 50-50 range to both teams are going 95-100 for the opponents this past two weeks. Line drives are “Atom Balls,” pop flies become doubles, a bizarre inside the park homer that had NEVER happened before in the history of the BIB, all the kinds of things that just have a team thrashing about in quicksand always wondering what will go wrong to make a 2-1 lead turn against them and become a 7-2 rout.
It’s irritating, grating, annoying, frustrating and generally makes me grumpy. Which is why when my wife wanted to talk to me about some family stuff last night the conversation went like this:
Wife: What’s wrong?
Wife: Then why are you so grumpy?
Me: It’s the Ports, they just can’t seem to buy a win right now
(very dramatic pause with that look – you know what I mean – the look)
Wife: Oh. So nothing really important, then?
She’s right, of course. A thousand miles away Daughter Number one is stressed about her wedding for which I am trying to lose another thirty pounds so I don’t have to rent a tuxedo, while daughter number two is ready to deliver our new granddaughter at literally any second now. Daughter number three is weeks from graduation, while daughter number four is wrapping up her sophomore year. Our twenty-two month old son just got his first haircut, and is still having issues with allergies and a rash. Two sister-in-laws are waiting for diagnoses this week of potential cancer cases, while my wife gets ready to travel that thousand miles to help as many of them as she can while enjoying her kids and grandkids. World events have everybody on edge while local news includes water rate increases and higher temperatures.
Yep. She’s right.
And losing still sucks.