I was scrolling through the stories on MLB.com yesterday, and ran across the following headline:
“Judge’s tear makes Yanks more dangerous.”
I was genuinely surprised to see such an endearing approach to writing about this great game of baseball. I mean, we often hear of a players physical feats – the homeruns, the strikeouts, the diving catches – and how those plays saved the game for his team, or earned him another notch in the books of those looking to give out various awards at the end of the season.
But a single tear? When I was a kid I was told there was no crying in baseball. And now, look! Aaron Judge, the man they juxtapose to Jose Altuve to show just how massive he is, the one who with a simple swing of a bat can send a ball over 500 feet, is being touted for the power of a tear.
This opens up all kinds of possibilities. How about the MLB add an annual award called the MVP – Most Vulnerable Player? Whereas certain players have been chided in the past for taking off a few days to be present for the birth of a child, the league would actually be celebrating the player who showed the most vulnerability. And what is more vulnerable than crying in front of so many people? I should know, I do it often!
I think what I love the most about this story is that the writer demonstrates that crying is not just a part of baseball, but it is the very thing that is making Judge’s team, the hated Yankees (but maybe now they are a little less hated for being so vulnerable?), so powerful are tears! That would explain so much about their season, being so far ahead of the Rays and Red Sox while starting guys with last names like Tauchmann, Urshela, Ford, and Maybin.
So, in the name of providing a little more power for each of our teams, I’ll let you know what kinds of things you should encourage your players to cry about…because if one Judge tear can provide so much power for his team, just think about how many tears could propel your team in the season’s final weeks.
|Flint Hill Tornadoes||81||52||.607||5.4||813.3||650.2|
|Old Detroit Wolverines||78||55||.589||7.7||771.3||640.1|
|New York Yankees||86||47||.647||—|
|Flint Hill Tornadoes||81||52||.607||5.3|
|Old Detroit Wolverines||78||55||.589||7.7|
|Tampa Bay Rays||76||56||.576||9.5|
|Boston Red Sox||70||62||.530||15.5|
|Toronto Blue Jays||53||80||.398||33|
|New York Mets||67||63||.515||11.5|
|Chicago White Sox||60||70||.462||19|
|Kansas City Royals||46||86||.348||34|
|St. Louis Cardinals||72||58||.554||—|
|Los Angeles Angels||63||70||.474||22.5|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||86||47||.647||0.1|
|San Francisco Giants||65||65||.500||19.6|
|San Diego Padres||61||69||.469||23.6|