Opinion: I am more Naive than I thought

…i feel a bit foolish…also, i have been very naive…

…in some ways, i guess i just took it all for granted…you know, i turn on the television to watch a game, players hit and catch, articles come out the next day, and it all just is…it just happens…over and over again…like clockwork magic…

…the reality is that all of these people work very, very hard to make something so complicated seem so simple, from the reporters to the coaches to the players…

…actually, i came here hoping to reveal a bit of absurdity in a world that makes a business out of a kid’s game…

…but, it never happened…

…this may be why i initially perceived the beat writers as just ‘wandering around aimlessly’ in the locker room, as i wrote on Tuesday…the reality is that they work just as hard as the players…as a fan of their product, it’s actually quite fascinating to see them operate…again, i just sort of took they’re work for granted…i recently noticed a very successful, very popular columnist working on a single story over the course of a few days…he spent days and hours talking to people, observing others, taking notes, typing, making phone calls, etc…initially, it simply looked to me like drifting with small talk…it wasn’t…it was work…so, i guess what initially looked like ‘wandering,’ is actually strategic waiting, most all of which includes a specific plan, along with getting bits of information, forging relationships, keeping tabs and knowing when to react and when not to…

…also, what first looked to be a bizarre and awkward relationship between the players and writers, i now see as a sympathetic balance, in which each party has a necessary dependence on the other, whether they choose to accept that or not…and that’s good for you and i…

…i never would have realized all of this had i not seen it in person…which is why my initial remarks from my very first day – about how the locker room operates – were very innocent, but also very naive…in fact, i sort of feel bad, considering that a lot of MetsBlog’s success can be attributed to their hard work…i hope nobody was offended…i mean, i write what i see and what i feel…i’m not always right, but i’m always honest…

…additionally, i clearly have taken for granted how the players perform, and how people in the front office and on staff help insolate them so the work gets done…again, without really giving it much thought, it often feels like these guys just roll out of bed and hit a curve ball…which is clearly not the case…i mean, i turn on my television, watch the game, it all just sort of happens, i turn it off and go to bed, and i repeat it all the next day…but, in between that time, they work on everything – from lifting weights, to methodically tweaking their deliveries, to learning new pitches, struggling with grips and stances, doing fielding drills, while running the bases, over and over again, doing shuttle runs, hopping in and out of tires, sweating, stretching, being exhausted, and so on…it never ends…

…and that’s the thing, it never ends…it just repeats itself over and over again…just like i continue to watch and read it all, over and over again…every day…

…in some ways, looking behind the curtain may be a bad thing, because it broadens the frame of what i have always perceived to be just a game…i often fear that by doing so, baseball will stop feeling fun for me…on the other hand, i have gained a greater understanding for how it all works, be it the players playing or the writers writing…and because of that, i appreciate the game that much more, which is a good thing…