The Season of Sisyphus: Yanks-ChiSox Gamer III

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.

40 comments… add one
  • Nice intro, Nick…except that DeSalvo is a righty…

    yankeemonkey May 17, 2007, 12:52 pm
  • oops! I’ll fix it.
    I don’t know where I got that idea. I even went to a game he pitched. Those bleacher seats are far from the action.

    Nick-YF May 17, 2007, 12:57 pm
  • See, that’s the kind of minutia I’m talking about, love that stuff, hummmmm…. that’s good minutia!
    Thanks Nick.

    LocklandSF May 17, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • What I don’t get with the lineup is that Giambi is 0-10 against Garland, he’s in a terrible slump, his foot is hurt, supposedly he won’t even play the field at Shea this weekend, meanwhile A Rod has the second best numbers on the team (besides Abreu) against Garland and he’s batting forth BEHIND Giambi?

    walein May 17, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • DeSalvo with 46 pitches through 1.2. This is going to be a long day for the bullpen, unless they can score 10 runs for him. That would be nice.
    He’s been throwing more fastball recently, so if the Times article is right, it’s not his most comfortable pitch. Interesting.
    Ozuna helps him out a bit and flies out. End of 2, 1-0 Chicago.
    DeSalvo already at 48 pitches, Garland at 30 pitches.

    Lar May 17, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Garland with awful control right now – 40 pitches, 19 balls, 41 strikes. The Yanks can’t hit for life though.

    Lar May 17, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • Garland is not even throwing strikes. The Yanks are swinging themselves out. Bah.
    Out of Garland’s first 44 pitches, 23 were strikes. Grumbles.

    Lar May 17, 2007, 2:55 pm
  • Didn’t think my first comment went through. Ah well, also, the strikes number is obviously wrong.
    In any case, end of 2 and a half, it’s 1-0 Chicago. Garland with 45 pitches through 3.

    Lar May 17, 2007, 2:59 pm
  • Dye hits a 2 run HR. And the lag is very annoying.
    3-0 Chicago.

    Lar May 17, 2007, 3:01 pm
  • Now he walks two in a row. Back down to earth? Regression to the mean? White Sox != Mariners? Either way this is not looking good.

    Lar May 17, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • I enjoy talking to myself. Also walks on the beach and all that other stuff. Is there no one here ever? Grumbles.

    Lar May 17, 2007, 3:12 pm
  • i’m here reading the game updates…not posting much out of depression.

    tom yf May 17, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • That’s funny, Lar.
    I’ll troll if you want someone to talk to:)

    Regular_Brad May 17, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • Why do you intentionally walk the bases loaded for a guy that’s already 2 for 2?

    rootbeerfloat May 17, 2007, 3:32 pm
  • Although, there’s no reason to troll here because the Yanks are definitely winning this game to moot the first Boston win of the day over Detroit…
    Reverse jinx for you there!

    Regular_Brad May 17, 2007, 3:37 pm
  • we’re here for ya lar and tom.
    brad- what’s up with the “regular” tag?

    sf rod May 17, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • Rod,
    There is another guy who comes on there from time to time and uses some pretty explicit language and issues posts that don’t make a lot of sense, so I’ve decided to attempt to distinguish myself. Not that my posts are always award worthy or anything, but I don’t want anyone to think I’m being disrespectful personally to them.
    It’s not me!

    Regular_Brad May 17, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • Was gone a little bit because typepad refused to accept my last three messages.
    Currently, the score is 4-0 after 5. Posada doubled, but otherwise, haven’t really done much in the last few innings.
    In the 6th inning (the current inning), Jeter leads off with a double. Let’s hope we don’t waste this.. again..

    Lar May 17, 2007, 3:56 pm
  • Giambi flies out, and not far enough for Jeter to tag. Here’s ARod, who we hope still think it’s April for the purpose of this at bat..
    He gets a base hit with a runner in scoring position! Yay! Except that Jeter couldn’t score on this one. And here’s Matsui, whose DP killed a rally..

    Lar May 17, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • giving me problems too, lar. A lot of them. I emailed Paul to see if something was wrong, but haven’t heard.

    Regular_Brad May 17, 2007, 3:58 pm
  • Matsui, in the trend and story of the season, grounds into a DP, wasting a leadoff double again. Almost anything would’ve scored Jeter, of course.
    End of 5 and a half, it’s 4-0 Chicago.

    Lar May 17, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • a-rod has a soft pop up single to second base. huh?

    wsf rod May 17, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Hitting is contagious.. apparently, so is not hitting. Unforunately.
    Oh ya, Garland at 88 pitches, so might come out for the 7th.

    Lar May 17, 2007, 4:02 pm
  • Man, I love days that go like this.. But, it’s early and Philly Abreu could accidentally run into one for a three run yard shot.

    Regular_Brad May 17, 2007, 4:04 pm
  • Yanks get out of further damage, but it’s getting late really quick.
    Of course:
    “The White Sox rank last in the league in batting average, on-base percentage and runs scored.”

    Lar May 17, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • Finally, a 2-out hit and we don’t totally waste the guy on third. Too bad Abreu promptly flies out on the first pitch. Obviously would’ve been nice to scratch out another run.
    Here comes the bullpen, probably. 4-1 Chicago at end of 6 and a half, get up and stretch!

    Lar May 17, 2007, 4:25 pm
  • Everything else considered, the Yanks bullpen doing a good job keeping the Yanks in the game. Now all the Yanks have to do is, well, hit with that billion dollar offense of theirs..

    Lar May 17, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Old MacDougal, a soft tosser, comes in. Top-middle of the line up coming up. Gooo Yankees

    Lar May 17, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • it’s not a yankees game without everyday bruney pitching.

    wsf rod May 17, 2007, 4:46 pm
  • And “soft-tosser” MacDougal gets Jeter, Giambi, and ARod.
    (Wasn’t gonna say anything, but since the ChiSox pitcher got dissed, I felt liberated to post…)

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • totally pathetic

    sam YF May 17, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • Matsui and Posada ground out, then Cano Ks to end the game.
    The Sox are up 9.0, with another game to play tonight (media pariah Curt Schilling on the mound).

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 4:57 pm
  • so what does “house of cards” mean exactly?

    sf rod May 17, 2007, 4:59 pm
  • Ah, Hudson, defending ChiSox pitchers! You go girl!

    Lar May 17, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • house of cards means blowing a 9.5 game lead.
    (I dont actually think this is gonna happen)
    The yanks never had a house built this year to collapse.

    sam YF May 17, 2007, 5:08 pm
  • After 39 games each, New York has scored just 3 more runs then Boston to this point. I haven’t been around much lately so maybe this point’s already been bandied about somewhat…
    Hate to sound like a d*ck, but I was actually somewhat surprised when I looked it up just now. Figured the gap had closed a bit but not like this. I still expect that side of the game to turn around…though I can’t really explain why…

    desturbd1 May 17, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • Nick, should it be Sysephi?
    So are YFs now all looking forward to the task of watching another game tomorrow? Just curious. :-P

    Paul SF May 17, 2007, 5:16 pm
  • > So are YFs now all looking forward to the task of watching another game tomorrow?
    Sure am, Paul. I’m sandwiching it in between a marathon viewing session of my “Faces of Death” box set, preparing for a tax audit, giving myself a root canal with a cordless drill fitted with a cement bit, lighting my (remaining, sparse) hair on fire then putting the fire out with a hammer, and a trip to the DMV. Party time at the gerbil house. There will be punch and pie.

    attackgerbil May 17, 2007, 5:53 pm
  • Abreu batting 220, Damon batting 250, ARod not seen since April, Giambi slumping, Matsui is batting 270.. err..
    Do you need more reasons why?
    Ignoring the 8-1 win and 7-2 win against Seattle, we’ve scored 1, 3, 1, 0, 2 runs. That’s 7 runs over 5 losses, and 22 runs over the last 7 games. Yaaaaa..
    Meanwhile, everytime I look up the Sox are up 8-1. Or down 5-1 and come back in the 9th. It’s hard not to catch up to the “Best Offense in the MLB” ™…

    Lar May 17, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • Noted: Toronto is now the 3rd place team in the A.L. East, overtaking the O’s.
    Tek grounds out to end the 1st.

    Hudson May 17, 2007, 7:39 pm

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