Albert Pujols and Body Skittles

by Caleb Grabowski on April 25, 2014

Albert Pujols in the sixth round. Crazy. A gamble considering his previous performances in the past two seasons. Another gamble in his being the third eligible player I had to cover first base. Buster Posey and Freddie Freeman before Albert Pujols, in the sixth round. It has been an interesting week, month, and year. So, why do I mention Albert Pujols, and especially the draft location for a fantasy baseball league? Happy chance and serendipity, I suppose. It seems lately that life is defined by small moments that shape us in ways we’ve yet to notice. Things do indeed fall apart. The center, indeed, cannot hold. Time and time again this anarchy is free in the world. At least that’s the way Yeats put it. I have to agree too, everything we hold to be important, at the center it tends to fall apart especially as the margins increase and pull on the center. These marginal circumstances in the periphery of our lives take the stage, and perform their dance. Albert Pujols in the sixth round. Little things happen in our lives, not even worth noticing, and suddenly everything is different. Something as innocuous as a sideways glance from a supervisor can lead to questions, confusion, investigations, and terminations: the center cannot hold. Nagging chest pain one day leads to cardiac arrest the next. Big things tend to have such small beginnings. So, when your time comes, when your center collapses, where will you be? Your old life will be in the rearview mirror and you’ll be riding those aftershocks all the way home. Albert Pujols in the sixth round, eight homeruns and an OPS approaching one, crazy. Luck like this only lasts but for a short time. They say fortune favors the bold, but that the meek will inherit the earth. Both are pleasant sentiments, one encourages strong action while the other whispers of caution and concern. Perhaps the meek will inherit the earth, only after the bold destroy it. People make their own luck, their choices dictate the outcomes of their circumstances. We are who we choose to be. At the end of the day, remember who you are, and be grateful for what you have. Regardless of everything that can hold you down, remember you can always walk away from it. Unless you don’t have legs. Then I’d recommend getting a wheelchair. I’d also recommend drafting Albert Pujols in the sixth round though, if he’s there.


Movie of the Week: Ondine (2009) is a modern revision of a timeless tale. Colin Farrell plays a fisherman in Ireland who catches a magical creature in his nets. Never heard of a ‘selkie’ prior to this movie, but apparently they’re like mermaids and change from seals to people. Interesting folklore I suppose. The movie was pretty good. Colin Farrell does well, and Alicja Bachleda plays the gorgeous selkie. Modern fairy tale with a modern happy ending. No spoilers, worth a watch.


Favorite Songs of the Week:

–          The Bravery – “Time Won’t Let Me Go”

–          Tegan and Sara – “Walking With a Ghost”

–          LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out”

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