Settling the scores: Thursday’s results

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Sorry. Just not in the mood for snarky sports jokes first thing this morning. We’ll all go on with our days today because that’s what people do, but waking up to the news out of Dallas, fresh on the heels of what happened in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, is simply despairing.

Our culture is permeated with the notion that violence — particularly shooting people — is the best means of solving problems. It’s not limited in scope. It’s seemingly the first solution reached for by everyone. It’s the default reaction of our foreign policy, our policing, our public anger, our fear and our entertainment. Violent assertion of our dominance, preferably with firearms, that’s the answer. That’s the first reaction. That’ll make it all better.

I don’t know how we got this way. Maybe it’s part of our national DNA. Maybe our impulse to point at this or that easy answer to counteract it is naive. Maybe all humans are really like this and there are just conditions or qualities present in our country that allow us to more easily carry through with our most base and violent impulses.

And yes, I know it’s not everyone. Not all police. Not all people angry with police. Not all anyone. But that it’s as many anyones — that these stories are on a constant loop in recent years — makes that distinction sort of pointless. It just means more of us are watching this horror and are either powerless to do anything about it or unwilling to try. That doesn’t exactly make me feel better for the world in which I’m trying to raise my children.

Like I said, we’ll all step to our routine as the day goes on. There will be jokey baseball posts this morning, of that I am sure. But for now it’s hard to wake up to this world without stopping for a bit and wondering what in the hell is so wrong with it.

Here are the box scores.

Angels 5, Rays 1
Cardinals 5, Pirates 1
Blue Jays 5, Tigers 4
Yankees 5, Indians 4
Mets 9, Nationals 7
Twins 10, Rangers 1
Braves 4, Cubs 3
Athletics 3, Astros 1
Royals 4, Mariners 3
Rockies 11, Phillies 2
Padres 6, Dodgers 0