The Rain Delay

or Rain Delays, Procrastination, and a Poorly Constructed Metaphor

A steady rain has been falling for the past fifteen minutes. I find myself in a diner typing this while sitting through a rain delay of sorts. The rain has delayed me from finishing a photography project I started earlier, but the rain has also given me a moment to think about why I’ve delayed writing this Journo. I figure I’d write a few words about rain delays and how they are not the same as procrastination.

Once batting orders are turned in, the decision to call a rain delay falls to the umpire-in-chief. The umpires follow a set of rules concerning rain delays, postponing a game for later play, or declaring a rain shortened game. The players have no say in making these decisions. The rain outside keeping me from my from my project is similar to this. I have no control over the weather, but putting off writing this Journo has nothing to do with the rain. I have notes covering a few different topics that could have been used for this post but I haven’t developed any of them. I often avoid working on one project by working on different project. No matter how I try to justify my procrastination it’s still procrastination. Because of my procrastination I’m typing this because the rain is keeping me from the project that was going to keep me from typing this.

What’s the take away from today’s rain delay? First, there will be times when a project you are working on will be delayed due to circumstances beyond your control (think of this as a rain delay). Second, don’t create your own rain delays (unless you are Crash Davis from Bull Durham) to avoid playing a game (finishing a project). Stay focused on the game (project) and don’t allow yourself to get distracted.

-K-

Bull Durham is More than a Baseball Movie

or Why Kevin Costner Baseball Movies are about More than Baseball

The best baseball movies are seldom just about baseball. Baseball may serve as a setting or a plot device, but the story itself is about something more than baseball. Field of Dreams (which, by the title, is not what this article is about) isn’t about baseball as much as it is about fathers and sons. Everybody who has seen Field of Dreams remembers the game of catch at the end. A movie that isn’t such a clear example is Bull Durham from 1988. Bull Durham is more than a movie about minor league baseball and the desire to play in the show. It is a movie about having faith in yourself and the willingness to accept help from others.

The movie centers around three central characters. Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins, is a hot headed young phenomenon of a pitcher with the talent to play in the show. Unfortunately, ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh does not have the proper mental toughness required to play at the major league level. Enter Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner (Costner does have a few exceptional baseball movies out there), a catcher with twelve years of minor league experience. Crash is called upon to teach ‘Nuke’ the ins and outs of the game of baseball, to get him ready to pitch in the show. This dynamic is best summed up when Crash says, “I got the brains, you got the talent,” when talking to ‘Nuke.’ The third character is Annie Savoy, played by Susan Sarandon, a woman who knows more about baseball than most coaches. Annie dedicates herself both sexually and emotionally to one player each season in order to help him develop as a ball player and as a person. Picture a sort of a muse for baseball players (there is a funny line about fucking and poetry in the movie). Each of these characters has faith in who they are as individuals but they need the help of the others to achieve their true potential. Throughout the course of the movie each learns to accept help from the others.

Most people who are not fans of baseball tend to cringe when they hear of a movie that centers on the game (Field of Dreams is probably the only exception to that rule). But most baseball movies are about so much more than baseball. Yes, Bull Durham is movie about a minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls. It is also a movie about three people who realize that in order to achieve their goals they must not only have faith in themselves but must also accept help from others. Not bad for a movie that most people think is just about a game.

-K-

Bull Durham starring Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Ron Shelton.

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