And that's really what this project is about, isn't it?
Being part of something that's bigger than ourselves...something
that we can all feel good about. Human beings by nature gravitate
towards one another—towards family and towards community—which is the
reason fans feel so much camaraderie in and amongst other fans. We can
all relate to each other's experiences, like appreciating the pride,
the joy, and the pain of our heroes' daily exploits. This is what makes
American Sport such a great outlet for life—especially baseball.
And where there are numbers, there is power, or so the saying goes.
Indeed, the power we hold in our hands, as a large, unified,
community of fans is incredible. How we wield this power and for what
purpose is our responsibility, and it's one that should not be taken
lightly. At our very worst, when we give in to the tabloids and the
experts and the negative thirst of the media, we have the ability to
destroy an athlete—to erode his confidence down to the point where his
mental game conflicts with the proper function of his physical game.
A.K.A., the current state of Alex Rodriguez: twenty-four errors, extended strikeout-filled slumps, .071 versus Detroit.
At our very best, when we rise above the primal urge to identify,
expose, and attack another man's weakness, we have the ability to lift
an athlete up off the dirt, put that confidence back in his bat, and
watch him feed off the positive energy to the tune of both personal and
public redemption—to the tune of greatness, if we let him.
Are you ready to believe?
(Make sure the sound is on for optimal effect.)