It’s the heart of baseball season here in NY and in all other parts of this great baseball-loving nation, and in certain areas, due to inter-league play and intense rivalries, such as Mets-Phillies, and Mets-Yankees, not to mention Red Sox-Yankees are really heating up.
There was a critical first game in the “Subway Series” here in New York, where the injury-battered Mets had an incredible and hard-fought game with the Yankees in which they made an all-out and successful effort to go ahead and lead the game. The game unfortunately ended in an unbelievable finish, where Luis Castillo, the Mets’ second baseman, dropped a routine pop-up that was hit by Alex Rodriguez, who was so disgusted at his game-ending pop-up he slammed his bat down in disgust, not even realizing that Castillo had dropped the ball. Afterwards, the incredibly overpaid, over-spoiled and steroid-laden “A-Rod” and the rest of the Yankees celebrated as if they had literally won the World Series, even though they were one second away from a crushing defeat.
Later on, as crushing as the blow was for the Mets and Castillo, the entire team was rallying around him with support, and a great “leave it all behind” and “we’ll get ‘em tomorrow” kind of spirit. And I must admit, it is this spirit that really held on and became even the short term legacy of this event. It was one of those moments where the over-blown salaries, the attitudes, and most of all, the “spoiled” factor so common with ball players these days seemed to dissolve into a little league kind of humble reality.
Fast forward to how many kids these days feel “entitled” to enormous amounts of equipment, super-stardom, and all the rock star “trappings” of wealth and fame. Many of these kinds of kids unfortunately look up to overpaid athletes such as “A Rod”, and these ball players have really become nothing but overpaid “rock stars” in their own right. The hunger for media attention, controversy and a high profile seem to outweigh the simple art of being good at what you do, and most of all, what you feel you, as an artist “must do”. I know that to this day, I only make music because my soul has the incredible and undeniable urge and need to make these sounds. I hear everything in life as music, and it comes out through my fingers. When I step out on the ball field, because I still love to play softball, I still feel that same excitement and innocence that would come over me when I was a member of the Pelham Parkway Little League, and used to pitch no-hitters!
It’s a long topic to engage in, but it’s so important to understand the roots of what these artful things we care so much about really started as. Never lose that innocent spirit, and never lose the fact that we are always learning and developing as players and people. A multi-millionaire ball player can still drop a pop-up, and a millionaire guitar player can still take a lousy solo! The playing field doesn’t need to be leveled, it always HAS been leveled, and forever will stay that way! Be true to yourself and your artform, and win or lose, you’ll always have the right outlook about it!