Today, I watched an interview with one of the newest members of the Red Sox, Victor Martinez. In response to some question — I don’t remember what it was — he said something like, “I just want to help the team win.”

Which of course made me think of Bull Durham and the scene where Crash tells Nuke that it’s time to learn his clichés. Clichés are his friends, clichés are necessary, and one of them is that all you want to do is help your team win. I think of that scene every time I hear a ball player say anything about hoping he can help the club succeed. He may sincerely mean it, but I still think that he’s mastered his clichés.

I’m not sure what that has to do with writing. Probably nothing, but it entertained me, and I thought I’d share it.

The Red Sox are playing the Orioles tonight. One of my favorite baseball players is with the Orioles: infielder Brian Roberts. The Orioles are in last place in the AL East, 17.5 games out, and recently signed Roberts to a long term deal. When Roberts was asked about being on a team in such a tough division, he said anyone who wouldn’t want to be there shouldn’t be playing the game.

My interpretation is that he believes you want to be in a place that demands the best of you. I think that applies to anything you love: you want to give your best, and if you don’t, don’t do it at all.

And that’s definitely true of writing.


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