I stayed with a friend in Boston, and he had a curious picture hanging on his wall, of a building in York, England:
Those silly British. I already knew they had funny spellings for words like "color", "organize", and "jail". But it was news to me that they even had their own spelling for "Billy Beane".
Naturally, I had to investigate further. I googled Billy Beane's name using this weird British spelling. It turns out that Billy Beane is so popular overseas, that his mere presence is considered enough to cure all sorts of diseases, such as:
Headache, Biliousness, Costiveness, Piles, Liver Trouble, Bad Breath, Pimples, Face Sores, Female Weakness, that Tired Feeling, Lack of Physical Tone, Sleeplessness, Kidney Troubles, Rheumatism, Indigestion, Dizziness, Buzzing in the Head, Fulness after Eating, &c., &c. A Bile Bean taken now and then will keep one free from these digestive troubles, their attendant evils, and dangerous after effects.
See now, that's why a little travel is good for the soul. It can give you a different perspective on things.
Here I was, thinking that Billy Beane had been causing all those symptoms as I watched the 2006 Oakland Athletics play baseball. That all the little misjudgments he's made over the years have added up to all manner of unpleasant symptoms today.
What I need to do is have the confidence that a little Billy Beane, right around the trading deadline, will correct all my disorders of digestion, and I will feel as well as I ever have in my life.
Then I can feel as happy as the Aussies, who love Billy Beane so much they wrote a song called "The Bile Bean March" to express their love and joy for the man.
For those of you who cannot read the sheet music linked to above, I have created a clip of the first section of the song for your listening enjoyment.
And when I feel sick to my stomach trying to digest the thought of rooting for Esteban Loaiza on a Sunday morning, I shall listen to the song, and dream of the magical trade to come that will cure all my ills.