Throwing Out the First Pitch
I’ve done it. I’ve caved and am actually taking the blog plunge. There’s no single reason for it, but over the life of this space we’ll touch on a few.
I’ve been called everything from outspoken to blowhard to much, much worse. I believe those labels spring out of the fact that I care about the things people ask me as much as any other cause. I’ve never been a yes/no kind of guy, which probably hasn’t been received well by some. I don’t know that I’ll be changing my style, but I do know that getting ripped for something I say here will be getting ripped for something I actually said–with the entire contents of my comments included.
That’s not to say I’ll be preaching from the pulpit–far from it. Being a major league baseball player does not give me keen insight into politics, education, or anything else for that matter. It does give me insight and knowledge about baseball, about being part of a team, about excelling at something not many people can. Beyond that my thoughts and beliefs are my own and for the most part pretty normal.
The truth is, I’ve been wrong as many times, if not more, than I’ve been right in my life. I guess that’s part of the human package, something that makes me every bit as prone to mistakes as anyone. Like every other male on the planet I think I’m well informed on a lot of things, which usually lasts until I run into someone else who thinks he’s well informed but has a different opinion.
Fortunately, I have zero problems being wrong. I don’t intend to make mistakes but it happens, which is part of the learning curve of life. I’m prone to having quick reactions which, in the world of baseball and media coverage–even when you might be right–can make you wrong.
I plan to chat about a myriad of topics as this blog evolves, from baseball, teams, players, and umpires, to the media, my family, and my past in and around the game, all the way to the electronic gaming industry and what I’ve seen, am seeing, and hope to see from 38 Studios in the future.
You can get here from the 38Studios.com web site and vice versa. I’m sure I’ll be sharing thoughts and memories of the company from the first days of the brainstorm through current events, but much of the intellectual property and the products we’re creating will remain under wraps. This isn’t the forum our company will use to get out the word.
I have an unbelievably great life. Blessed a million times over, I’m married to an incredible woman who turned her bout with cancer into a life-saving charitable organization. Please check out the link to The Shade Foundation.
I’ve got four amazingly beautiful and healthy children who love me when I’m not putting them in time out or punishing them. I worship the ground they walk on. Like everyone else I have good days and bad; being part of a family means that’s a given. My salary has zero bearing on my children’s health or how happy I am when I wake up in the morning, because my happiness is tied to the same thing as everyone else’s: my family. If they’re healthy and happy then I am.
I’m being paid $13 million a year to play the game I’ve spent my whole life playing, for a team with as rich a history as any team in professional sports, for the world’s most passionate, loyal, dedicated, and now non-suffering fans.
I’m hoping this little experiment turns into something productive. At some point in the future we’ll steer this more toward a Q&A forum where we can talk about baseball and other things that interest people.
Thanks for stopping by.
Next up: Spring Training 2007