“The art of losing isn’t hard to master,” Elizabeth Bishop wrote in “One Art,” a poem that could double as the Shadows’ theme song. “So many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.”
So by Bishop’s logic, Shadows games are disaster-free zones. AP beats us by 14 runs? Another day at the office. Atlantic Video beats us by 26 runs? Big deal: Team Video registered a 27-run win against us the week before. Maybe we’re improving. Still, the steady accrual of losses do wear on a person—-I could better speak to the nobility of RF Marcello Goldberger‘s second-game injury involving a pop fly and his lip (see picture above) if I could argue it occurred in the midst of a tough game. As it was, Atlantic Video eventually tested out their left-handed swings and second-string pitcher.
Cynical? Me? Not at all! Or much! I’ve actually been looking forward to next Saturday’s games against our dead-tree-media fellow travelers, the Post and Express. Still, presented with the option of two more losses in D.C. or a vacation in Chicago, I’m going where the Italian beef is.