Every substance in life has a base logarithm. Look at an apple. Beneath sour flesh sits a twined core infilled by droplet-sized seeds; embryo, which if implanted into soil, spawn into apple trees.
Seeds are the evidence of such a truth as this: it is the mundane biological codex that makes the earth go round.
Nine innings of 1-0, two-hit baseball, mono y mono, is the perfect metaphor of such a truth.
Until a minimal mistake—mistiming on a steal from first to second, brush off at home, direction of wind pattern, etc—fate titter totters in the conservative palm of victory.
Awaiting his arrival is well worth the wait, but getting there is the greatest lesson. Knowing the reasons we got anywhere in life is a respect for the hidden conveyor belts that take us where we need to go.
Victory is the battle of the mundane—when one wins, they arrive in a used Saturn wearing a Sears robe.
Like the seeds of an apple, victory is made with a little, but huge, logarithm that dictates the difference between champion and cellar dweller.
Before the start of the season, the Angels were coming off an 80-82 season, missing the postseason, and because of this were shopping anything to re-emerge as an AL West front runner.
In Tony Reagins fashion, a blockbuster deal emerged late, sending Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli to the Toronto Blue Jays for veteran Vernon Wells. The Blue Jays then flipped Napoli to divisional rival Texas.
Despite Rivera's injury consistencies and Napoli's problems with hitting for average, errors and strikeouts (seventh in MLB), the trade was a looming wrecking ball waiting to diminish the Halo' kingdom into shards of splintered years.
Napoli may not seem like a glittering candidate for appreciation. His line, .238/26 HR/138 SO, was far from shining brilliance.
But what the Angels forgot was Napoli's importance in the grand scheme of things. Is it not the catcher who acts as the logarithm to victory?
No player in baseball holds the governing power of the squat athlete behind the plate. He alone has the call to redirect team defense, get face time with opposing hitters and psychologically calm the pitcher.
Napoli, at the time, seemed average, but now he is everything wrong with Angel baseball.