Sure, the baseball season is moribund, as are the Mariners (as ever), but dammit I still want an OT. Why not?
I saw the #exitsandman hashtag trending on twitter. I knew that it referred to Mariano Rivera, but I gave it a click anyway just to see what people were posting about. I saw the video of the pitching change in Rivera's last game at Yankee Stadium, and I thought that was awfully classy, having Pettitte and Jeter do the honours. Why not?
Of course it made me think back to arm-gate in Boston. The officiating crews weren't the same (would have been too good to be true if they were), but it kinda makes me shake my head all the more (and I was shaking it plenty when that happened). I wonder if the umpire from that had been working the Yankees/Rays game in question, if he would have required Girardi to make the pitching change. And point with the appropriate arm. Something tells me the answer to that would be no, but why not?
And now there's talk of Rivera playing centre field for an inning or a game in the Yankees' final series against Houston. Why not? Does it show up the opponents? Maybe, but does that really matter? The games are of absolutely no consequence to either team, with the Yankees having been eliminated from the playoffs (I'm actually a little sad there's no chance of a ring for Ichiro or Brendan Ryan -- and yes, he would have gotten one. The kid who brings Cashman his coffee would have gotten one).
Anyway, enough about the Yankees. I've started, ever so slowly, taking this "why not?" philosophy into my real life. I've recently started a job, the nature of which is such that most of the people I deal with I will never see again. And it's pretty freeing knowing that. It's still a customer service position, and as with anything you can take "why not?" to a terrible extreme, but I've found myself speaking my mind a few times when I never expected I would. That guy abusing our good will by taking 30 coffee creamers? Tell him to buzz off, why not? That girl who looks way better than anyone about to sit on a plane for 4 hours ever should? Go ahead, pony up the compliment, why not? Maybe I make her day, maybe she thinks I'm creepy as fuck. Either way, we're gone from each other's lives an hour later.
I've always been kind of a cautious person, so I don't think I'll take "why not?" to destructive lengths. There will always be that other voice in the back of my head instilling me temperance, prudence, judiciousness. Mixed with a healthy dose of "why not?" and suddenly life becomes a bit more fun. I've had some wild dreams and some pie-in-the-sky thoughts of how to attain them, but for a few years I've been a little gunshy of failing at them. Lately, though, "why not?" is winning. Sure, maybe I crash and burn into a million pieces. But why not find out for sure?
Have you got any good "why not?" moments to share?