It was revealed recently in a New York Times article that today’s starter Matt DeSalvo is the bookish type.
When he finishes Confucius, DeSalvo will cross another title off his list of the 400 books he wants to read before he dies. He is halfway through the list already, having devoured 17 books during spring training alone. Teammates marvel at this.
“For me to read a 200-page book,” said the reserve catcher Wil Nieves, who caught DeSalvo in the minors, “it would probably take two years.”
I suppose another revelation found in the article is that Wil Nieves either is a very slow reader, could be illiterate, or has very low self-esteem. In any case, one of the works on DeSalvo’s list of 400 is Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus. The young
lefty righty finished reading this essay during Spring Training, and it left a lasting impression on him.
I took a lot out of it, like the struggle of humanity, how Sisyphus rolls a boulder up a hill and he finally reaches where he wants to be, and the boulder rolls down the hill,” DeSalvo said.
“Most people in that situation, what do they do? They’re like, ‘Aw, man, I got to go get this.’ But what he says is, why not see that boulder as your ultimate goal? It’s almost as if you’re proud to be pushing that boulder, that boulder’s giving you meaning.
“And even though the boulder rolls back down, you dwell on how you succeeded in pushing it up and dwell on life — Hey, I have something to do still. So it’s almost like giving meaning to your life.”
I wonder if following the Yankees this year has been like a Sisyphusean task for Yanks fans. For me, I have been fustrated to no end, obsessed with the mediocre results. It’s been a joyless endeavour (poor me!). Looking at the standings, at the widening gap between Boston and us, I wonder “What’s the point?!We’re doomed.” And so baseball-watching this year has felt like a job. Who wants to root for mediocre results? But, perhaps, there’s a lesson in that boulder! Young DeSalvo might just be right. Forget the results for now. Focus on the game as it happens. Be in the moment. Surely there is meaning in that. And with that ends the longest gamer intro in a while.
This is your chance to be and comment in the moment. Remember, Yanks fans, we are all Sisyphuses.