Sunday Paper (Year 4, Volume XVI)
I know I get a little too aggravated by sports.
I let the Mets drive me nuts.
I let losses by the Jets sink me into despair.
I ride way too many emotional highs and lows over the course of a sports year.
But that's part of the beauty of sports - there's some kind of release through those emotions - in some ways it even feels good to feel bad - to care about something that much.
Sports can even make you care about something you don't even care about.
That's how I felt about The Masters last Sunday.
I'll watch golf every now and then.
I'm not super-into it...but I have nothing against it. It's just that I prefer baseball.
And last Sunday I watched the Mets. Then I did some work outside. Then, when I saw there was a playoff, I popped on the final few shots of the golf tournament. And having no idea what led up to Bubba Watson's final putt - both in the tournament and in his life - I got emotional just watching him get emotional.
It felt good to see him win and to see him enjoy winning so much.
I watch him break down and hug his mother and think, "That's just great. That's a moment you dream about." And you put yourself in his shoes and you think, "I'd break down too."
It's a real feel-good moment. And it makes me question anyone who doesn't pay any mind to sports.
You know the type? Not people who don't like sports - that's fine. It's not everyone's cup of tea. But the people who don't get sports. The ones who look down on you for enjoying sports. The ones who don't even try to understand sports.
I don't expect everyone to want to live and die with a team like I do.
But everyone should be able to at least enjoy watching a moment like last Sunday's.
Because that's what sports is all about.
*Some takeaways from the first week-plus of the 2012 Mets:
-Jason Bay, his important home run in Friday night's win notwithstanding, looks horrible in so many of his at-bats. It makes you wonder if he watches any video of his at-bats at all. If he did he would have to realize how ridiculous (and lost) he looks at the plate.
-Ruben Tejada has hardly had a bad at-bat all season. He works the count, he's been getting on base...and it doesn't hurt that he's tattooing the ball to start the year. It would be great if he kept it up.
-Daniel Murphy may just be the best hitter on the team. He looks so good at the plate. Unfortunately - and I know he works hard at it, but still - he looks exactly the reverse in the field.
-David Wright's injury could have been a disaster. He fractured his pinkie just when he was swinging the bat extremely well to open the year...it looked like he would be sidelined, cool off, and we would see another off-year where he tried to do too much to overcompensate. But then Wright comes back on Saturday and homers on the first pitch he sees...and goes 3-for-5 to boot. Hopefully it means the injury is something he can work around, and it wasn't just adrenaline kicking in for a game...rather than just a day where he aggravated it and now he has to be placed on the DL with no retroactivity applied.
*I have a hard time explaining my hockey fandom. I'm not a front-running fan...but I don't live and die with the Rangers like I do the Mets and Jets. But I sure do enjoy it when they're doing well...and I'm looking forward to a long post-season for them.
*Speaking of which, the rough play that played into Saturday night's Game 2 between the Rangers and Senators is exactly why people hate the NHL and the fighting in the game. It gets out of control way too fast when you allow fighting the way that they do.
*I'm also keeping half an eye on the St. Louis Blues. I suspect most Rangers fans can't help but root for success for John Davidson, president of hockey operations for the team. Davidson, a former Rangers goalie, was a long-time broadcaster for the team before heading into the front office in St. Louis. He was such a team mainstay that the last time the Rangers won the Cup - in 1994 - Davidson't catchphrase, "Oh, Baby!" was the name of the championship highlight video. You want to see his team do well.
*Vacation this week. I'll be watching lots of baseball - I'll try to write as much as I can.