“I’m just livin’.”
If you reject that kind of motto, how miserable are you? It’s hard to wallow in too much misery as a Red Sox fan these days, because the team is 42-27 and only one game out of first in the American League East entering Thursday. Despite the best efforts of the selfish whining from Garrett Richards, the important thing here is that the Red Sox continue to win, and they’re getting timely hitting to help overcome their recent pitching struggles – especially from Christian Arroyo.
After golfing a pinch-hit grand slam to power the Red Sox to a 10-8 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, Arroyo shared the new saying he’s been repeating to himself lately.
“This is why we play the game – we play the game to win and we play the game to have fun. And when you’re doing both of them, everything’s great,” Arroyo said (via Ian Browne at MLB.com). “I’m not going to try to ride the highs too hard, and I’m not going to try to ride the lows too low. I’m going to keep having fun.
“My motto has kind of become, ‘I’m just livin’,’ and that’s it. Living in the moment, and just playing.”
With New England opening back up and the COVID-19 pandemic almost entirely in the rearview mirror for Boston, that’s a motto that anyone could adopt. The past year-and-a-half ought to serve as a reminder to those with the ability to enjoy life to the fullest: just live your life. Don’t waste too much time with petty grievances. Don’t get preoccupied with extreme highs or lows. Just live.
It’s certainly worked for Arroyo. He’s up to four home runs and 14 RBIs with a .908 OPS in June. He’s batting .375 with four homers and 17 RBIs and a ridiculous 1.441 OPS in “high-leverage situations,” as defined by Baseball Reference. The world could use more Christian Arroyos.
Summer of 2021: Just Livin’. I like it.
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