Don't call it a comeback we've been here for years
Every month the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into.
War. Huh. GOOD GOD.
Roughly 14 games remain in MLB’s regular season then we get October when all the best baseball is played. This year I am actually excited for the next two weeks that separate us from my favorite time on the calendar. The game’s two best players are almost neck and neck in their climb to the top of the Fangraph’s WAR leaderboard and their race has completely captivated me. As mentioned here before, WAR is an attempt to place a value on a player’s overall contributions. Because evaluations based on one stat are foolish it silly to claim the person with the highest WAR is the best player in the league but as a general rule of thumb you’d probably be right if you assumed that.
This year it comes down the greatest player the game has ever seen vs Boston’s Mookie Betts who are at 8.7 and 9.2 fWAR respectively. First, appreciate those marks have only been matched by four players in the last ten seasons(3 by the aforementioned G.O.A.T.) and now two in one season. Moving on, Mike Trout is chasing down Mookie and make no mistake from my past fandoms I am rooting for him to pass. Every night this week I have checked both Red Sox and Angels box scores trying to suss out what the morning’s leaderboards will show. It is the first page I load when I sit at my desk, I’m looking ahead to pitching matchups, trying to factor in Boston trying to rest Mookie...to put it short I have gone full Pepe Silvia on this and there will definitely be more to come, especially if/when Mookie wins MVP with a lower WAR.
I’m a thirty something, I live a fast and luxurious life. Sometimes I like to hang back and watch some Youtube videos. You know put on some music videos or the biggest fails of this month. Actually I don’t see fail videos anymore but do see 'let’s play' videos. Not any 'let’s play' videos. A series. It’s called Hermitcraft.
I know what you’re thinking, um why? Well I play Minecraft to wind down from a long day or just to wander randomly generated world. Also it lets me be creative. For the longest time, I just created rail systems and some cool stations. I got stuck on making a switching rail system which led me to a Youtuber (Player?) named Grian I followed most of his tutorials then a video caught my attention, “I joined HermitCraft.” He explained how this season worked. There’s several districts that each player could work on but it has to fit the style of the district. For Example, there’s the modern district where you’ll see modern/suburban houses or even skyscrapers (not yet built but planned for.)
I was introduced to new players and a whole new world that I didn’t even know existed. From the technical players like Tango Tek, Docm77, Cubfan135 or MumboJumbo to great builders like Welsknight , goodtimeswithScar, FalseSymmetry. It really made my love for Minecraft come out and now I started a new world and followed their advice on how to survive in a world. It’s really fun to see all of this happen in matters of weeks. There’s so much of this series it even has a dedicated subreddit and theres two guys that do a recap videos for the week when the videos come out. It’s truly insane how much love this series gets.
Maybe its not for you but I would greatly like for you all to check it out.
Storycorps, particularly THIS story
Every once in a while you need a reminder that people are good. Storycorps usually provides that, if you've never heard of that show or even if you have watch this video. It's just about the best way you can spend two minutes.