“Perfectly unfair”

Posted on June 10, 2010

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A five-part series of posts on what we learn from a bad call in a regular-season baseball game is more than enough. There will be no Part 6. But I can’t help adding a shout-out to a terrific little column by Robert Wright in The New York Times which I discovered too late.

For Wright, the basic lesson from the imperfect game is pretty clear. We learn different things from different sports, and “baseball teaches us that life isn’t fair.”

And everyone was watching last week when a pitcher who thought he had just pitched a perfect game stepped on first base with ball in hand, half a step ahead of the runner.

Hey, that’s life. And it really is. Injustice happens, but usually there’s nothing you can do about it, and dwelling on it will only hurt your performance.

The whole column is fun; and truthy. Someone should blog on this kind of thing full time.

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