Drafting Winners for the 2018 MLB Season

Before the 2017 playoffs kicked off, I wrote the story of my lifelong love affair with baseball. Though filled with heartbreak, the tale ended with hope that this would finally be the year my hometown Dodgers tasted championship nirvana. The story was titled Your Annual Reminder that Baseball is Needlessly Cruel, a nod to the uniquely unpredictable nature of America’s pastime come October.  

In hindsight, this was foreshadowing.

A few weeks later, that story ended in a Los Angeles sports bar. Surrounded by the people I love most – I even dragged my Dad along – the Houston Astros ripped my soul out of the heart that Yu Darvish tore from my chest in the 2nd inning. It was a bad time.

6 months later, it’s time to start anew – whether my battered spirit is ready or not. With the 2018 MLB season around the corner, I’ve rounded up the gang for a draft-style preview of the upcoming action. The four of us took turns in a 6-round snake draft with the goal of selecting the group of teams that will total the most wins at the end of the year.1

Without further ado, let’s get back on that horse and get ready for yet another year of baseball:

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It’s Time to Have a Talk About Social Media

Our relationship with social media officially needs counseling.

We first met in college (Harvard, to be exact).1 Social media promised a future of easy connection, open sharing, and endless possibility. It was fun. Exciting. Different. We were infatuated.

As our infatuation grew, we shared more and more. What started as a quick text, a short status update, swelled until we had left our photos on their shelves and built our businesses through their networks. Our friends, family, and identities became deeply intertwined with social media. Infatuation turned into commitment.

It’s changing you, they warned. Some said that we were losing ourselves in the relationship, losing touch with our true friends, or that our new partner was hurting our self-esteem. We didn’t listen. The constant flow of approval and entertainment was too addictive, too captivating. Like. Retweet. Share. Social media just felt too good.

But the honeymoon is over.

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The Mix: Apple’s Dangerous New HQ, Norway’s Dominance, and an Ode to Flavortown

Welcome to the second edition of the Mix – an aggressively moderate blend of things worth thinking about, from the deeply insightful to the indulgently ridiculous. Here’s what’s in the Mix:

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