I hate defeatism. I find it incredibly pointless and depressing. It baffles me why anyone who is convinced that the team or game is hopeless still feels the compulsion to let others know that he or she feels that way. What are you trying to accomplish? Do people realize that you don't get extra credit for being the first to call "game over"?
I don't mean jokes about how bad this team is. Funny is funny and I'm firmly in the camp that if you can make it funny then anything goes. Furthermore, humor has healing properties and there's really not much else to do when faced with watching this team day in and day out other than to try to find the humor in it.
I don't mean comments critical of the team either, but criticism can be framed in such a way as to not invoke a feeling of everlasting loss. There's plenty to be critical of and most of it valid.
This is not a consensus mandate from the LL Powers, but rather a personal plea from someone who tries his best to help moderate the site and game threads in particular. Wading through thousands of comments each day for a team that is 14-25 is disheartening enough, so please do me a favor and search for the lighter side of this massacre of a season. Frustration at the team is to be expected, as is anger and even indifference. But not despondence. It's not healthy to wallow, so lets try to stay away from that.
Wed May 19, 19:10: Doug Fister vs. Brett Cecil*
Thu May 20, 12:40: Jason Vargas* vs. Ricky Romero*
There's something funny to me about a two game series in mid-May where we throw Doug Fister and Jason Vargas. Neither of the two garnered much consideration for our rotation plans just two months ago. We figured one might be holding down the fifth slot until Erik Bedard came back and we debated some on which of the two, plus other candidates, would be the best choice.
When it comes to TV shows, movies and the like, I am drawn more to stories and writing that I find interesting or thought-provoking. One of my favorite show concepts was Sliders, about a guy who discovers a way to travel through to alternate universes each with its own small historical change. The show itself wasn't all that great, but I love the idea and sometimes the success of Fister and Vargas so far this year feels like an alternate universe. If only escaping were as easy as it was on the show.