Players of the Day: September 25th

I deeply apologize to any of my reader(s) for any pain that may have been caused by my absence yesterday. Luckily, Brad did a terrific job filling in for me and provided A++ #content to keep you all entertained while I was away. But now I’m back, and we have big things to talk about.

As humans, we have a desire to put everything into context. Modifiers like “good” and “bad” aren’t normally absolutes, they’re relative. As such, when we discuss things being good and bad, we typically do so under the pretense that they are only good or bad based on their relative positions to other good or bad things. For certain issues, like morality, this can pose an issue of circular reasoning. For years and years philosophers have debated the question of how to determine the morality of a given action. Those philosophers who hold a Christian worldview maintain that because morality is inherently relative, there must be some sort of transcendent moral good from which we can determine the morality of all other actions. In order for something to be “good” there must be some sort of definition for what “good” is, and devoid of some foundational definition the door to nihilism is left wide open. And if anyone has ever seen the Big Lebowski, we know we don’t want that.

Many things in life beyond morality, however, fall in between the two camps of relativism and absolutism. You don’t need to be a rock historian to understand that Led Zeppelin is damn good music. There are certain emotions that are evoked by the sounds of Page’s guitar, Bonham’s drums, and Plant’s voice that need no sort of context to be stirred. However, for those familiar with many other talented musicians, the question then becomes where Led Zeppelin fits among the other all-time greats. We all agree they’re good, but are they better than the Rolling Stones? Pink Floyd? Creed???

While the latter discussion is certainly fascinating, you don’t go to a Pearl Jam concert and think, “meh, it’s not Nirvana.”

This brings us to our POTD.

RAW PERFORMANCE PLAYER OF THE DAY IN THE CONTEXT OF NOTHING BECAUSE IT’S SO GOOD IT’S TRANSCENDENT

We all know Clayton Kershaw is having an outstanding year. So outstanding, in fact, that we’re already trying to figure out its place among other outstanding seasons. Is he ’95 Maddux good? ’09 Greinke good? ’68 Gibson good?

Look, that discussion is great and all, but for now, who gives a damn? Before we start deciding where he fits in history, can we first please collectively shut the hell up and appreciate what he’s doing now? For this post specifically, let’s appreciate what he did last night. En route to a division clinching victory over their arch-nemesis, the San Francisco Giants, Clayton Kershaw tossed 8 innings of one run ball, striking out 11 while walking no one. As if that wasn’t enough, he also hit an RBI triple and made this incredible play:

 

I don’t know where Clayton Kershaw’s 2014 season ranks among the all-time greats, but I do know it’s worthy of discussion. We should consider ourselves #blest for being able to watch him perform, so for now, let’s relax the comparisons and enjoy the show.

Stephen came up with the idea for this blog shortly after graduating from Tech. Realizing that life is ephemeral, he decided to put (metaphorical) pen to paper and catalogue his thoughts. His thoughts are series of numbers and spreadsheets, casually categorized as “research,” and said research is usually conducted on the margins of what is both relevant and socially acceptable.

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