“Spahn and Sain and Pray for Rain” is an old baseball “rallying cry” that has been shortened into this nice, pithy saying. If you want the full details on this saying, there is a great synopsis of it on billjamesonline.com. My uncle used to say this to me, not often, but every now and again. According to Bill James, there are two interpretations of this saying: 1) Lack of pitching depth on the Braves’ roster, so praying for rain to help you get back to your most consistent and valued pitchers, or 2) praying for rain so that you wouldn’t have to face these two reliably dominant pitchers. My uncle most definitely used it in the 2nd sense: Go out with your best!
Sci-Fi and Fantasy are my favorite genres–be it books, games, movies, television, comics, what have you. Generally speaking, I’m going to gravitate to those genres before everything else. So it makes sense that I’d concentrate my writing efforts on those genres as well. I love the sense of adventure and wonder that Sci-Fi and Fantasy allows me to have in a mundane world of bills, intolerance, rudeness, and a general lack of concern for one’s fellow man. Now to be sure, you can find those things–and more–inside the wrappers of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but at its best you can find true wonder and adventure as warriors fight mythic beasts, starship captains struggle to keep their ships and crews safe, and young boys and girls grow up to be powerful warriors against the struggle of tyranny.
If I’m going to go out, then like Spahn and Sain, I want to go out leaving everything on the field and giving it my best and trying find a way to do so at a consistently high level. Just as Spahn and Sain were masters at their craft, so too I strive to be a master at mine.
That’s why I continue to both read, watch, play, and write things that are Sci-Fi and Fantasy related.
For the sheer wonder of it all.