While we’re waiting? I really left you waiting this week. Sorry for the delay.
Have you noticed that everyone’s talking about paternity leave lately? Boomer Esiason is the latest to discuss New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missing two games to start the season. Well, they’re all late to the party. Denny and I discussed it recently as well on the WFNY Podcast. In case you missed it, Denny discussed how he took time off when his baby was born and loved it. (Paternity leave AND the baby.) I talked about how I didn’t take much time off at all and that worked out pretty well for me due to the fact that I have a pretty flexible schedule. Denny and I didn’t argue or fight about who was right or wrong. You know why? These are circumstantial and largely personal decisions.
There shouldn’t be a lot of hard fast rules about how these things go. No two couples are exactly alike. Now two child births are exactly alike. So all these people discussing this while trying to paint everyone with a singular paint brush are painting the wrong picture. I know in sports media we’re supposed to have strong opinions on everything, but this doesn’t have much to do with sports at all. Everyone should try not being so judgmental and hyper-aware of everyone else’s personal life. That includes an MLB player who decided to be with his wife for an amount of time he deemed fitting.
It’s opening day and whether or not the game actually happens with the rain, I wanted to think about Danny Salazar for a minute. His experience as a Cleveland Indian so far leaves me wondrous. While we’ve been following along in agony as Eric Wedge and Manny Acta pushed this barge down the river and as Cliff Lee, C.C. Sabathia and Victor Martinez departed (among others) Danny Salazar’s experience with the Tribe and its fans is so much different.
The fireballing potential phenom shows up in his first year to a playoff year, gets to start that playoff game and then nabs the home opener. I have to remind myself of that sometimes. No matter how bitter and jaded Tribe fans might be, there are some fresh faces that couldn’t care less how annoying the era of “the Grinder” was for Tribe fans. David Dellucci and Jason Michaels might as well be actors from the movie Platoon let alone an attempted Indians outfield platoon.
A few weeks ago, I told all of you that I was watching The League, and some of you warned me that it would “jump the shark” at some point. Some of you said season three. Anyway, I’m here to report that for me it never did jump the shark. I think it must be something about watching these shows in marathon format. All the things that you guys had living in your brain for three years and that you subsequently got sick of? When you take down five seasons of a show in four or five weeks, you don’t have time to get sick of them. As far as I’m concerned The League is just as great as the first season.
It’s probably weird for you longtime fans to hear. Now maybe if I continue to watch and it goes another four seasons I’ll have time to live with some of the more repetitive themes and jokes and I’ll tire of them too. Just seemed interesting to me. I was watching out for that point where it wouldn’t be funny to me. It has impacted my philosophy on TV. Maybe the perceived quality of a show has more to do with me and how I digest a TV show over time and less to do with the content itself.
With that, go bask in the glory that the Indians have both Kipnis and Michael Brantley locked up for the foreseeable future on the 2014 edition of opening day. Go Tribe and have a nice weekend!