Originally Posted by wheels
This is the perfect way to look at it.
There was I time in my life when Baseball was pretty much everything. I was crushed for a week in 1995, sulked like a teenager in 1999, walked on air for months in 1990.
This year, I only expect to be a little crestfallen for an hour or two, but I'll be at work, and I'm a business owner. That's the only part of my life that I can control most of the time. Everything else is pretty much left to chance.
I simply cannot afford to get preoccupied with things I can't control, and I know for a fact that I can't control the fortunes of my favorite ball club.
No matter what happens, I will always look back on this season and smile. Baseball should only bring you joy. The "pain" I feel is a joyful pain. Were it not for that "pain", there would be no joy in watching them succeed.
It's all about the ride.
Interesting... Opposite for me. I am a family man and a business owner as well, but I am still as emotionally affected today I was as a kid or teenager. Nowadays I am able to harness my REACTIONS better.... I don't thrown things or openly mope for days, but my emotional state is the same as it was back then.
If anything the routine of "real life" makes the games even more important to me.
I do try as I get older to appreciate the journey and the experience regardless of outcome, but I'm lying through my teeth if I tell you ill feel the same way this weekend regardless of if the Reds win or lose tomorrow