Courtesy of Tango

The hobby itself is its own reward. You may as well ask the millions of bloggers why they blog. Those things also consume time. Why do you go watch a movie? Why do you have dinner with friends? In those cases, you actually pay with money to get your reward. In this case, the payment is time. And, we are more than happy to give it, especially if others also give their time. We all benefit.

Making money and having a role in MLB is a byproduct. I wrote The Book, and I spent several hundred hours on it, if not 1000 hours. And I made less than minimum wage. Based on your line of thinking, I’m crazy and stupid. Yes, you are probably right. But, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have done it, nor does it mean that others did not get a bigger benefit of it than I did. Yes, I’d have loved it if we had sold a million copies rather than 1 percent of that, so I could turn my hobby into a full-time profession. But this is true of anyone who has a hobby. It’s ideal if your hobby and your living can merge. But you are not going to stop your hobby if you can’t make money out of it. Your hobby is all about trading time for enjoyment. My job is what I do. My hobby is who I am.

Yep that says it much better than I could.  I must admit that I spend way more time on this stuff than I probably should, but I really do enjoy doing what I do.  If the Cards would hire me I’d do backflips, but even if they don’t, my plan is to keep investigating the questions that interest me.  Ya’ll can come read the answers to those questions if you so desire :)

Anyway, this wasn’t supposed to be about me as much as Tango’s paragraphs above.  I gotta get back to answering some more of the questions bouncing around in my head now.

Steve Sommer

Simulation analyst by day, father and baseball nerd by night

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2 Responses to “Why we do what we do”

  1. I too “waste” too much time on baseball (according to my wife). But it is what I love even if I can’t make it what I do (for a living).

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