A few weeks ago I walked into a local Dunkin Donuts to buy my usual doughnut combination, strawberry frosted and glazed. (Why can't they make a strawberry frosted glazed donut?)
Upon receiving the doughnuts, I sat down at a table with my friend (yes, I have friends) and began to hear an interesting conversation.
Three men sitting at the table next to me, all of whom looked to be in their eighties, were talking about CC Sabathia and the possibility of him opting out at the end of this season.
I tried to ignore the conversation, but it struck my interest and once I am interested in something I have to get my say in, whether the people like it or not! I interrupted the conversation, and put in my two cents. That's when things got interesting.The men began an intense debate about what they would do in Sabathia's situation. One cited reasons not to opt out, such as having a secure home and contract already, and not wanting to risk disturbing the clubhouse. Another said he would opt out so that he can get an even bigger contract, and provide his family with even more security. The third said he would leverage the opt out as a way of getting the contract restructured without having to go through the free agent process.
The men went back and forth in their arguments (with trips to the bathrooms of course mixed in) and eventually ended the argument after over an hour of discussion. I was late for work, but it was completely worth it.
The final conclusion the three came to was that it is impossible to predict what a player will do, and impossible to truly say what a player should do, as each person feels differently about their personal lives and how to handle it.
So, after an hour of arguing amongst themselves, the three men explained the conclusion to me in specific details about past cases and possible future cases.
Why is this a reason I love baseball, you ask?
In the discussion, I learned a lot about the three. The three have been Yankees fans since their teenage years, making it over sixty years each. They have been coming to the same Dunkin Donuts every week on a different day (rotating schedule) to discuss anything baseball related. They met at a bar that they were all watching the Yankees game at.
Baseball united these three fans, and their friendship has been revolved around the sport ever since. If baseball can create a multi-decade long friendship, what can't it do?