To say that it has been a while since I last posted on Dave Roberts’ Dive would be an understatement. It’s been nearly two years! Luckily, everything is mostly as I’ve left it. The Red Sox won the World Series (and then promptly played dismally until now). Also, it turns out my predictions about Jacoby Ellsbury and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were pretty much spot on.
I hope to revive this blog for all of my avid readers (read: me) starting right now. In the time since I last updated, I graduated from MIT, began work in a cancer research laboratory at Stanford (and hence moved to Palo Alto, CA), and started applying to medical schools. My hopes in reviving this blog are to provide an outlet to express myself about my life. Since much of my life is consumed by the Red Sox, I will certainly continue posting about them. But, I would also like to post about other aspects of my life, including (but not limited to) my work, my social activities, and my few interests besides baseball. To this end, I’ve added a few categories to the blog: volunteering, general thoughts and ramblings, science, medical school, music, and tutoring. As I become inspired to write about more things, I’m sure categories will be added to this list.
In the meantime, I would like to explain a bit why I named the blog the way I did. To be honest, not too much thought went into it; I knew I wanted a baseball reference (because the whole plan was to have a blog with statistical analysis) and I knew I wanted it to roll off the tongue (the jury is still out on that one). Also, I realized that “Dave Roberts’ Dive” not only described a moment in time, but could also describe a place (i.e. a “dive bar”). In this way, it was a bit of a double entendre, if you will. The blog was intended to be a place that the interested reader could come to “dive” into the statistical analysis of baseball. There’s no going back now.
As I thought about the name of the blog more, I realized that the event itself (Dave Roberts’ steal of second base in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS) was truly a microcosm of my own life. What do I mean by that? I have always viewed baseball as a metaphor for life and I think that this is healthy. It has taught me about failure: the best players fail 70% of the time. It has taught me about luck and natural progression: one of my favorite sayings is “well, that’s the way she goes.” It has taught me about diligent preparation and hard work: in baseball, talent can only take you so far — learning and owning the intricacies of the game is what truly takes you to the next level. I could go on and on.
In any case, as I reflect on Dave Roberts’ Dive (the actual thing, not the blog), I realize that I find parallels in my life, too. Mainly, Dave’s steal epitomizes the idea that performing under pressure in a single moment in time can cosmically alter the course of the universe. Applied to my life, I know that performing under pressure in certain moments can and will shape the course of my life. Similarly, I use the metaphor of Dave Roberts’ Dive to remember that I must always take advantage of the tremendous opportunities I’ve been afforded in life (indeed, nobody in Boston would remember Dave Roberts if the Sox didn’t win the 2004 World Series).
Anyways, I hope this single post inspires me to write more and allows me to express myself in new ways. Happy reading!