It's the flow of the game through the seasons that is what is compelling to follow, right? Isn't that what it comes down to at the end of the day?
There is a real flow, an ebb and flow with a tangible pattern to sports, sports teams, and seasons upon seasons of leagues and standings.
If you follow sports with any sort of attentive interest or passion, the pattern is easy to discern and simple to follow.
Take for example this years Red Sox team. Some people get all wound up and flustered by minor issues, a players low batting average, a two game losing streak, a pitcher having a tired arm. Really, what's the point in exploding emotionally over such minuscule issues, tiny in the framework of the overall season, smaller yet when viewed out over the course of a number of seasons together. If you really, really love the Red Sox (or any other team, the Sox are just an example here) shouldn't you be taking in the greater picture and therefore, in the case of this example, revelling in the relative solid stature?
Even if your team is going through a down period, you have to understand that this is all part of the bigger picture, and chances are, unless you are a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, your team will eventually come full circle and run into, step into a winning season or two, the same way even a .228 batter occasionally steps into a middle-in fastball and knocks one out of the park.
So why fret the little stuff? I’ll go one further, why not enjoy the lost games? Maybe enjoy is the wrong word, but you still have to experience the losses. Every one of those helps you enjoy the wins when they start to come along in batches.
Except of course, Orioles fans. 57 games against the Yankees, Sox and Rays. Ouch.
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