Hey there! Are you stuck in an airport for an hour and a half waiting for a connecting flight? Are you trapped down a well, but still have wifi somehow? Then you’ll want to check out this interview I did with Sam Stewart on WNJR last week. Featuring me and my thoughts on teaching, philosophy, language, John Coltrane, how to distinguish groove metal from thrash metal, and why the 2023 Philadelphia Phillies are not a baseball team, but rather are 26 wolverines trapped in a bathroom.
Tag Archives: baseball
The Dharma of 47-115
Baltimore drew first in this year’s draft, having had by far the worst record in the MLB last year. No surprise, they took Adley Rutschman, the consensus top pick from Oregon State. An article in the Baltimore Sun covered the story, and included some details about a growing trend among coaching staffs to teach players about “mudita.” This is a central idea in Buddhism, and while it does not translate neatly to English, you might say “joy at the joy of others” – to immediately and wholeheartedly embrace what is good in your world, regardless of how it may benefit you personally. Many coaches worry about an increasingly individualistic culture in their various sports, and think the lessons might counteract that. (By implication, Rutschman seems to have been at a program where some of this happened.)
And on hearing this little bit of borrowing from Buddhism, I thought, “Yes, yes. Who better than the Orioles to draw from a religious tradition whose central tenet is that all existence is suffering?”
Two for One Deal
Somehow it is both Zombie Night and Vegan Night tomorrow at PNC Park. This confused me at first. “Brains!” but somehow also no animal products?
Then it hit me. It’s not that there will be food for the vegans at the park, it’s that the zombies will be eating the vegans. Duh.