During one of my many periods of inactivity here on the blog during the spring session and opening week (um, sorry?), I came to a personal realization. Well, that's not exactly the truth. I've known it all along. I suspect many of you have as well.
I'm just not very good at this blogging business.
Now, hold up. I already know what you're thinking (because we're tight around here, friends). This isn't a pity party, it's not a troll for supportive comments, and it's not a #humblebrag. Allow me to support with facts & revelations:
I am not good with statistical analysis. While I've embraced the catch-all OPS, I suspect that's already been abandoned by the advanced statistical community. Like, seriously, don't ask me to explain VORP or UZR, because it would be a lesson in fail. I want to get better.... but thus far I have not succeeded. This despite me carving out a living pushing around numbers. Go figure.
I cannot fully comprehend Pitch FX and Charts and the like. Maybe that's an overstatement, but when dudes pull out the charts showing break and pitch speed and what that means about actual performance vs results.... I'm the kid in the class asking again.
I do not possess the ability to seduce you with magical powers over the written word. Oh, I can get my point across in layman's terms, sure. But I don't think I'll ever be asked to write the foreword of too many books. Which makes me somewhat of an odd fit with our gracious host here, no? That dude can write.
I don't have it in me to be overly critical of the home team, and I don't intentionally court controversy. I just don't, what more can I say? I suppose I live in a sort of fantasy world whereby I think "maybe Jesse Litsch does read this blog, and who am I to tell him there are better options for the rotation" (totally not what I think, Jesse). I mean.... I'm sure I do come across dickish (magical powers of verbage!) from time to time, but that's just going to happen. I don't mean to be a prick, I swear!
I could never "do my own thing", because I'm tapped out after a few posts per week. As if you couldn't already tell. In other news, earth is round.
..... and yet, I enjoy doing this. It's like a purging of my baseball soul when I can open up and let 'er go in discussing this team and this game with those of you gracious enough to read. It's fun and it's liberating, and I'm glad the Tao hasn't locked me out yet. Given the paucity of hard-core baseball fans around my parts, it gives me the pleasure of discussing the game with a collection of folks as passionate as I am. Regardless of differences of opinion - and isn't that what makes it fun anyway? As long as you're not being, er, dickish, of course.
(but as an FYI, Tao can put the kibosh on my stay here, guilt-free and at his own discretion. We've had the discussion.)
All of this to say..... you're stuck with me for another season. Until further notice, anyway. Hell, I might even give you an actual Blue Jay-related post this weekend. Wild, right?