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Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’

May 2, 2011

It’s a good thing I took a world religions class in college and still sort of remember it. It’s a good thing I know karma isn’t some simple game of cosmic tit for tat, but rather a complex concept based on the Wheel of Samsara, the endless cycle of death and rebirth that can only be broken through the attainment of moksha. Because otherwise I might think Shiva — in between stamping out the dwarf of ignorance, tending the fire of eternal creation and beating the drum of decay — was smacking the Giants square in the face with his big blue dick.

He's a multi-tasker.

Last year was Magic Inside™; this year is Hack-Magician-With-An-Ugly-Assistant-Who-Just-Flubbed-A-Simple-Sleight-Of-Hand Inside. Last year was claiming guys off waivers and watching them morph into offensive cornerstones; this year is losing your closer, right fielder, leadoff hitter, fifth starter, utility man and third baseman to injury in the first month of the season.

So it’s easy to groan and assume the team used the last of its fairy dust in November, to look to the heavens and accept that repeats are elusive things. But it’s early yet — there’s still time to get hot, cold and hot again. The pitching is there, the offense will click, it’s a marathon not a sprint, etc., etc.

Maybe the wheel we should be focused on isn’t the karmic wheel, but rather one that, with any given spin, can instantly turn bad fortune into good.

And win us a trip for two to sunny Fort Lauderdale.

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