Worse than 15 losses
There are some things that can just knock you off of whatever path you think you may be taking that particular day. This morning I woke up with thoughts of what I would put in my insider report. Fifteen losses, Pineda struggling, what next in New York, lots of Mariners thoughts.
I turned on the computer, went to my email and saw the header that sent me straight to USS Mariner. Not for a new breakdown of the Mariners’ recent woes or perhaps a hot trade rumor. No, because the news was about the author, someone I consider a friend, who I just learned has leukemia.
Dave Cameron explains his situation in a beautiful post that you can and should read here. He is ready for the battle and his mind is in a good place. This doesn’t surprise me in the least. One of the things I have always loved about Dave that many of you probably don’t know, is that no matter how scathing an analysis he may have made about a Mariner or baseball situation there always was a smile on his face when he talked about it. His enthusiasm for what he was talking about, what he was passionate about, was impossible to hide. While I didn’t always agree with what he wrote, and at times it would absolutely piss me off, I would notice that whenever I had the opportunity to talk or debate things with him in person that smile and enthusiasm was always there and I always felt that regardless of whether or not I thought he was right or wrong about what he was advocating, it seemed it was coming from the right place within him.
That I can appreciate. I also appreciate what I have learned from his writings about the statistical side of baseball. It has given me headaches at times but it has enhanced my understanding of the game.
I know there is a lot of angst and anger about what we are seeing from the Mariners right now but I ask you today to please put that aside and channel that energy in a positive direction toward Dave. And least you think that a mind like his tied up in numbers and statistics does not believe in such forces, well think again. From his post.
Data isnâ€™t always what is needed. If youâ€™re a Pirates fan right now, does it help you at all to know that your team probably wonâ€™t keep this up? Youâ€™re not going to be making any decisions that will change the outcome anyway, so why not root for the outcome you want, even if it isnâ€™t statistically probable?
Statistics can be powerful, useful tools, and at times, they can be critical to understanding what to do. Other times, though, theyâ€™re useless, and so, for this situation, I say screw the data; I choose hope instead.
Beyond thoughts and prayers Dave encourages people to donate blood and platelets to the Red Cross, always a good thing to do.