First of all, New Year’s Resolutions are stupid.
Because if you waited an entire year to decide you need to make some major life change, because, while unpleasant, you know it will be good for you, then why did you wait until today to start it?
I’ll tell you why. Because you don’t want to do it. That’s why. And, eventually, we don’t do the things we don’t want to do.
So, resolutions stink when you make them – because they are things you don’t want to do. And, they stink even more when you fail at them – because now you’re a failure.
Resolutions just stink.
But, there are always exceptions. Woody Guthrie wrote these – his “New Year’s Rulin’s” for 1942.
I can’t tell you if he kept them, but I’m hopeful he at least took the occasional bath and sent money to his kids.
So, while New Year’s Resolutions generally stink, I’m going to try to stick with a few of Woody’s … Dream Good. Dance Better. Love Everybody.
And, Keep Hoping Machine Running.
In that spirit, here are my New Year’s Hopes for you …
May your team’s best players sign long-term deals, skipping free agency, so that they play for your team for the rest of their careers.
Orioles Second Baseman Jonathan Schoop (left) and Third Baseman Manny Machado (right).
(Dear Orioles, If we can’t keep both of them, can we at least keep one?)
May your all-time favorite player be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (if he isn’t there already).
Orioles Pitcher Mike Mussina (aka Yankees Pitcher Mike Mussina). Seriously, people, why has this not happened yet?
May you always have a ball and glove close by.
And, may baseball come soon.
Keep Your Hoping Machine Running.
Photos: Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards, Baltimore. August 18 and 19, 2017. Black-and-white photos, University of Virginia, Davenport Field, October 2017. © The Baseball Bloggess