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I did not have a moment in high school where someone discovered that the nerdy kid with the bowl haircut could, miraculously, throw a football accurately or hit home runs or reliably plant a jump shot from outside. The closest I came to any of that was when a bunch of guys who hung out at the computer lab during lunchtime (which I did not, since I was too busy playing a dice-themed fantasy game instead) recruited me to be on their team in an inter-school programming contest.

That’s the nerd stereotype, right? Bad at sports. Loves computers. And probably spent his lunch hours playing Dungeons and Dragons. Except that the dice game I played in high school wasn’t D&D, but Sports Illustrated Superstar Baseball. Because I loved, and love, baseball. I even loved playing on that losing team of baseball misfits.

You may have missed this if you don’t subscribe to The Magazine, but Jason Snell’s essay, Baseball Misfits is now up on the American McCarver sports blog.

It’s excellent. You should read it.

It’s also a perfect example of why I subscribe to The Magazine.

Top notch, curated writing, dropped at your iOS doorstep once every two weeks.

And you don’t have to be a nerd to appreciate that.