The Complications of Neutrality

We wear jerseys to show support for our team. Apparently, wearing the team colors or even a branded hat is not enough.

But what happens when there’s no one to root for? We have no interest in the sport. We’re team neutral.

Most likely, our tendency is to root for the local team, the majority, or the most well known. Why wouldn’t you cheer on the Yankees, Manchester United, or Dallas Cowboys if those are the only teams you know?

But you don’t need a jersey to fit in. You don’t need to show allegiance to any team. No matter how passionate you are, you can show support or neutrality without having to wear or say anything.

Neutrality always comes with questions from the crowd. People want to know where you stand on any issue. Are you Republican or Democrat? Do you support the Yankees or the Red Sox? If neither, which one do you lean toward the most?

If you’re not passionate about any team, remain unidentifiable. Pick neutral and just try to enjoy the game itself. If you do like the competition enough, you’ll pick a team and follow them. But the jersey, that widget, need not be a requirement.

For Suzuki, Respect for Bats Is Key to Hitting

Ichiro Suzuki on his bat case:

In Japan we take care of our instruments, our bats and our gloves….We take care of them well because these things are very important.

Most of us take good care of our work tools as well, including laptops, Smartphones, and tablets. You may even keep a special pen and paper clean, like I do with my Kaweco sport pen and Moleskine.

Clean tools create a clean mind. We use our tools constantly to express ourselves. They should be protected at all times since without them, we’re virtually useless and unproductive.