Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Feast 

"The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away." - from Babette's Feast

I missed the last part of Wednesday night's 12-6 Diamondbacks loss to the White Sox because I was on my way to something else, but caught enough of the 6th inning meltdown ("immolation"? "collapse"? Really, what word fully signifies giving up 10 runs in an inning?) that I might have spent more time brooding about the inning had that "something else" not been a showing of the mid-80s foreign film Babette's Feast.

The movie is both allegorically and directly religious in its subject and its time horizon, covering more than 50 years, puts focusing on any particular event into some perspective. The "tension" of the movie, such as it is, comes in whether a housekeeper (the Babette of the movie's title) who has been with two elderly sisters for 15 years will movie back to France. (The quotation comes from that part of the plot.) The movie culminates in a sumptuous dinner (the feast of the movie's title) which takes maybe 45 minutes of screen time to prepare and enjoy (both for the characters and the viewer).

So that's why this morning I'm not terribly concerned about the loss. Yes, Royce Clayton made a couple defensive miscues that arguably cost the Diamondbacks the game. But I was struck this morning at how... rare those miscues are this year. They seemed to bedevil the team constantly last year. And so I'm choosing to focus on the positives, mainly the 24 runs scored by the offense (which was still 7 more than the White Sox scored in the series). And 3 out of the 4 bullpen appearances were acceptable in nature (Aquino's scoreless inning last night shaving more than 23 whole points off his ERA).

On to Cleveland. The Diamondbacks are still just 2 games out of first in the NL West. The season is long. Have a good day off, boys. Enjoy a good meal tonight.


In Rotation - June 16, '05
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
World Party - Goodbye Jumbo
The Beatles - Abbey Road

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