“The point of diving in a lake is not immediately to swim to the shore; it’s to be in the lake, to luxuriate in the sensation of water.”
-John Keats, Bright Star
This is the quote that always comes to mind for me when people talk about the postseason. Keats, in the movie Bright Star, was talking about poetry, but I kind of think you can relate it to baseball, too. (Then again, I can relate just about anything to baseball.)
But really, even more than in other sports, in baseball, the point of the regular season, from my perspective as a fan, isn’t to get into the playoffs. Or even if it is, the fun part is the marathon, the 162 games. The main reason I like my team being in the playoffs is so that I can see them play for a little longer. But in terms of baseball in general? I think it’s all about the regular season.
In that sense, I am sad that this is the last month of 2011 baseball. But I’m trying not to get too caught up in the whole will-they-or-won’t-they/do-they-still-have-a-chance with the Giants.
Yesterday was an absolutely lovely game. Did they gain ground on the Diamondbacks? Nope. But that didn’t change the fact that it was a ball to watch and that the season was chugging right along. This season has taken wacky to a whole new level, but I want to luxuriate in that, not in being seven games back.
Will I be sad if they don’t get into the playoffs? Of course. But they’ll have still played a nice whole season and I’ll love that. I guess I don’t care tremendously about the postseason. You can sue me, right about now, but that’s just it. (Incidentally, hurrah for grating 1950s voices!)
I will now stop thinking way too deeply about baseball and stare at the Barry Zito rookie card I snagged last night. To call me “smiley” right now would be an understatement.