Wednesday, October 18, 2006

This is Why

This video comes via Deadspin. I'm reading Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby, and it has too many smart things to say about why people follow sports, and particularly why people attend sporting events. He makes the point that it's not entertainment (and I'm paraphrasing here), so much as a "different version of life." And as in life, indifference and sadness probably combine to make up 80% of the bag. Then there are the small joys. And then, a handful of times, if you're lucky, there are the big joys. This clip is from the outfield seats in Detroit at the moment that Magglio Ordonez hit the home run that put Detroit into the World Series (opponent TBD). Anyway, seconds 10 through 30 comprise the relevant stretch for me. Where else in the world are you allowed to do this -- to ask nothing of where you would be inspired to do this. Keep in mind, lots of the people high-fiving and hugging each other are complete strangers.

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Anonymous pf said...

JW,
This is greatness. Another important point here is the brilliance of YouTube -- but "The Man" blocks it for me. Can you find a clip of the ALMOST-called third strike on Taguchi from the Mets-Cards Game 6 last night?

12:19 PM  
Anonymous pf said...

OK, so it's not YouTube. But still.

12:20 PM  
Blogger JMW said...

What do you mean? This clip IS YouTube. I'll search for Taguchi...

2:32 PM  

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