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A ballpark is an office. This may be easy to forget, with its various other positions as haven and paradise and social cathedral, but it is a place that people go to every day to do their work. Which means it’s a place where people have bad work days.
A bad day at work comes in many different ways. You’re probably familiar with some of them – you’re spoiling a presentation you’ve been preparing for weeks. You are being asked to make a presentation that you did not expect to have to do. You are ruining a basic, routine task, and you are ruining a task that is neither basic nor routine, but I look as if it were at least feasible, and no, it wasn’t, not at all. There is a bad day that is your fault and a bad day that is someone else’s fault and a bad day that is nobody’s fault.
Monday night offered a few bad days at work at baseball. Here, as demonstrated by Ross Stripling, Luis Guillorme, and Ross Detwiler, is a short taxonomy:
Sometimes everything is wrong. It starts badly, it ends badly, everything in between is bad.
The first is usually something small: something non-serious, a spilled cup of coffee or an email sent by mistake. But it sets the tone, puts you on the brink of more slips, and soon becomes a helpless spiral. Any optimism about your ability to get back on track begins to feel cruelly out of place. Just one trash day, irredeemable. You leave as soon as you can.
Ross Stripling started for the Blue Jays on Monday. He allowed an opening double and a two-run homer before recording his first out. And then it got worse. He allowed a ride, a double, another ride, a grand slam. Ultimately, he was retired: six runs, two home runs, 1/3 IP. Just one trash day, irredeemable. He left as soon as he could.
2. The filling
This is not supposed to be your job. It’s not what different from his job, and he’s done it before, he’s even done it pretty well! But it’s still not his job and he didn’t go in this week expecting to have to.
But then someone yells that he is sick. Someone has to fill in and oh wow it looks like it’s going to be you. Which shouldn’t be a problem! You have done this before. But everything looks so different from this side of the office. It is almost the same, but it is not, and suddenly all the simplest things feel difficult. You know that no one expects you to be as good as the person whose position you are occupying. But this lack of expectation has its own curious form of pressure: why not Do you think you can be that good? And this difference, the gap between the work that you are doing and the work that is normally done here, can suddenly seem large enough to swallow you whole.
Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor is out on a sideways jerk. His position was taken over Monday by third baseman Luis Guillorme, typically a good outfielder, and one who has played a bit as shortstop in the past, generally without problems.
He had three mistakes in the first two innings.
NB Guillorme’s bad day at work turned out to be so much better. It did not benefit from one, but two one of the best ways to save a bad time like this. The first: your mistakes happened early and ended well before the middle of the workday. The second: the rest of the day became a strange fever dream spread with bugs everywhere and somehow finally victory for your entire workplace. Who has time to dwell on the mistakes of the first two innings when then he has this Y this Y this to consider?
3. The return
So you’ve moved on. You have a new job in a new office, and all your workdays, good and bad, happen there now. You don’t really think about the old place much; heck, it’s been so long that almost all of your old co-workers are gone too. But you They were there’s a lot of time. Wouldn’t it be nice to think that someone remembers it? Would. It would be nice to think that every now and then someone sees your name on some old training documents somewhere and thinks: oh yeah, that guy.
But now you are back! Just passing through: a sales pitch, a meeting, whatever, just for a few hours. And your old friends don’t work here anymore, and your job isn’t the same as it used to be, and it doesn’t really matter how you do it (or, at least, it doesn’t matter more or less that you do it any other day), but still . He would like to do it well, so that a note of pleasant surprise will color the recognition in his oh yeah, that guy. It would not be good?
Ross Detwiler started at Nationals Park on Monday for the first time since 2013. The former Nat is no longer a starter; He hasn’t been one consistently for years, but today was a bullpen game for his current team, the Marlins, and he was tasked with serving as a starter.
He faced 11 batters and allowed eight runs and seven hits, four of them home runs. He grooved the throws so perfectly in the middle that it would have been almost an insult. not to get them out of the park. Detwiler was retired before he could record an out in the second inning.
Oh yeah, that guy.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.