No matter what you write, at some point, someone is going to disagree with it or take umbrage with something you said or have some comment about it. This is a universal truth that everyone who puts fingers-to-keys knows, accepts, and embraces; constructive criticism is the way to bettering yourself as a writer and as a person. That doesn’t mean, however, that there are comments that don’t get under our (my) skin. One on yesterday’s post, and those of that ilk, is the one I’m referring to. In this comment which you can check out for yourself, a commenter suggested that I “watch a game or 2″ and not be so focused on stats. I consider myself a reasonably calm person (most of the time), but this set me off (well, the most that an internet comment can, anyway).
Since the 2006 season, I could probably count on two hands the amount of games that I haven’t at least followed on Gameday or Twitter. I watch or listen to every single Yankee game and I couldn’t possibly watch more. Those of you who follow me on Twitter know this. Those of you who read this blog consistently know this. I could watch baseball with no stats, no analysis, nothing…and I’d be just fine. But I choose to watch with those things because they’re a supplement to something great. They help me enjoy a game that I’ve loved since I knew what it was even more. They help me fill in the gaps. They help me remember what happened because they are a representation of the game…they tell a story in a way that appeals to me. The way they tell a story isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine with me. I don’t care how you enjoy your baseball, so long as you enjoy it.
As I write this, I know I’m taking it too seriously, but I’m okay with it (for now, at least). What bothered me so much about the comment is that it implied that I–along with those other writers who use advanced metrics–am not fully prepared when I sit down to write and that’s insulting. The community of writers who make up that informal group–be they the others and I here at TYA or the wonderfully talented staffs at blogs like River Ave Blues, Pinstriped Bible, RLYW, IIATMS–makes up some of the most well informed, well spoken, and most devoted fans and writers of the Yankees and baseball in general. While we may look at the game through a slightly different lens, we’re still all watching the same game and the condescension present in a comment like the one yesterday will never cease to irk me.
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