May 8, 2007
The Human Vacuum Cleaner
My company has a softball team. It also happens to be pretty damn good. Our company is very large so there is a lot of people to choose from. I am the second baseman. I was under the impression that I was over the hill but it turns out I have a few good years left. My hitting and fielding have been quite good. One guy on our team was scouted by every major league team in baseball when he was in high school. He throws the ball about two hundred miles an hour and hits a homerun every time up. We could probably beat every team fifty to nothing but we just play for fun. Tons of not so good employees show up and we let everyone play and have some chances to field and bat, no matter how many times they drop the ball or strike out. It is a great way to be. There is too much emphasis on winning in our society. Win at all cost even if you have to cheat or play unfairly or take steroids or break rules. The same type of mentality has seeped into our government and workplaces. Everyone should get out and play a little softball this summer and remember, "it doesn't matter if you win or lose but how you play the game." Encourage those who aren't so good and just have fun. You may learn something about life.