Orioles 2010: Pain Don’t Hurt
Awhile back we tossed around the notion of a theme for this year’s Orioles. There were some good suggestions, too, but nothing really stuck and the conversation fizzled. Which is probably as it should be. We were jumping the gun. A theme can only emerge when you know what you’ve got.
Now we do, and one has: Pain Don’t Hurt
This came about at the game Thursday night in conversation with semi-regular commenters ryan97ou and sci. We were talking about what an ugly game it was and how we had started to become numb to the team’s struggles. We talked about how that’s not the same as either enjoying the struggle or not caring, and about how we were moving to a point where we could accept it for what it is. Much like Dalton in Road House, we would reach a point where our participation in violence and struggle would be understood but never confused — internally or externally — with an endorsement of the same.
Do you enjoy watching the Orioles lose?
Watching the Orioles lose don’t hurt.
More broadly, the notion is this: we must reach that place where we focus not on outcomes (wins, losses) but instead on moments. Whatever is happening before us, that is the game. We must approach the Orioles with neither expectations nor judgment. Ideally, we arrive at a point where there is no “last night’s game” or “next season” — only what there is.
Keep all that in mind as the Red Sox barrel into town this weekend. This thread will serve as a catch-all for not only all three games, but Big Questions as well.
Enjoy yourselves. Be safe (but only as much as necessary).