Dazed, confused.

The TV locked me in Sunday night and Monday night, three times.  One of the shows I watched was designed to make you think back 20 years.  The other two only did it by accident.

If you’re in college now, you never know: That new band that grabbed every bit of your attention, that made you slam the brakes, may stick around more than 20 years, still making music and making awesome documentary films, too.

That other new band that seemed at first like it had something won’t last nearly as long, but that doesn’t mean the lead singer will necessarily give up, not as long as he can find cool venues that hold 500 to keep doing his thing.

Twenty-plus years from now, that frat guy at your dorm, no matter what you happen to think of him at the moment, may turn into one of the best actors in the world.

Maybe you’ll have kids one day and you’ll cross paths with others who had kids around the same time and they’ll become friends and you’ll become friends and baseball may be a big reason why.

And you’ll see those kids start to learn that what matters is the team, and that’s an awesome thing.

You’d never dream that the 17-year-old kid taken first in the draft would, 20 years later, epitomize whatever the absolute opposite of the team concept is.

Eddie Vedder is a baseball fan, and so is Matthew McConaughey, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to guess that those two guys have a greater respect for the Great Game than Alex Rodriguez does.

If you’re in college now, you’ll write something that you think is the best thing you’ve ever written, and it probably is, and in 20 years you won’t be able to look back at it without cringing.

In 20 years maybe you’ll blog, and some entries will suck more than others, like maybe one you spit up on a mid-January morning when you’re tired of “60 Minutes” stories dominating MLB Network content, and 20 minutes after you hit “send” you won’t be able to look back at it without cringing.

But there’s no shame in the effort.  Sometimes the path leads to rock and roll royalty and other times it leads to The Kessler.  Sometimes the trail to “True Detective” is littered with “Sahara” and “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”

As a friend shared this morning, one of the world’s great forward-thinking companies has decided to reach back to a movie which came out around the time that Pearl Jam and Live debuted, that Matt McConaughey lived at The Castilian, that Alex Rodriguez was drafted out of high school, and ask: “What will your verse be?

The answer to that question, in Rodriguez’s case, is so sickening, and it didn’t need to be.

There’s no shame in the effort.  Except for when there is.


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