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September 20, 2007 at 12:20 AM

Perspective time

Not a whole lot of you commenting any more. I know it’s been a tough stretch and things are pretty much done with the ballclub for this year, so I can’t blame you much. Hey, it could be worse. I know it will take a while to get over the sting of this collapse. I’m not telling you to get over it. Only, that it could be worse. For instance, you could be a Boston Red Sox fan. I know they will win at least the wild-card. But do you really think anyone in New England cares at the moment? I mean, this guy at the Boston Herald I just linked to is mentioning the Dalai Lama in his lead paragraph. Do you honestly think anything spiritual cares about the Red Sox? He does. Anyone read his book? Bradford’s, not the Dalai Lama’s. Anyway, these folks need a serious dose of perspective.
Bad day for Ken Griffey Jr. Looks like his season might be seriously shortened by this injury. Maybe he can phone up the Red Sox Nation and offer a little perspective? Maybe not. How about the folks here in Seattle? Need some?
Well, OK. I’ll share with you a private email I got tonight from a regular blog reader from the Philippines. We’ve got readers from all over the world here. Kazakhstan, China, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy. Got one from Israel today. From Japan, naturally. From Nigeria as well. Not everyone joins the comments thread. In fact, at least 100 or 200 times more people don’t. Some are a little intimidated by the nastiness and we’re working to fix that. I can only do so much, and that means my job. Can’t do other people’s jobs for them, but I’ve been promised by the Times that our screening ability will be improved by next season. Try to remember that when you get into flame wars with other posters. You’re on a worldwide stage that extends far beyond tiny little Seattle.
Anyway, this reader, first name of “Ignacio”, and I have had a routine back-and-forth all season. Tonight, he wrote this email:
Dear Mr Baker,
Good story on La Russa probable choice to handle the Mariners, who still have a mathematical chance, in 2008.
Many things are happening here. The husband of our president has been implicated by a losing bidder of a national broadband project.
The military confirmed today that some people are recruiting officers for destabilization attempts but the armed forces chief says this will not succeed.
Regards

Didn’t have the heart to tell him that Larry Stone wrote the LaRussa stuff, not me. But anyway, he has more important things to worry about as his country goes through yet another crisis. We’re lucky to live where we do. Where we don’t have to worry about which unelected figure (please, no Bush jokes tonight) might be leading our country tomorrow. Where we can pretend that baseball teams like the Red Sox, or the Mariners, actually mean something in the grand scheme of our daily lives. It’s a nice escape, isn’t it? Those teams should remember that as well and treat their fans accordingly. Good night.

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