The most remarkable aspect of the Jeremy Lin story isn’t in the numbers he’s putting up on the court, in merchandise stores and in television ratings.
It’s not that he’s captured the hearts of underdog-loving fans on a global scale.
It’s not that he’s turning an NBA stereotype on its head single-handedly.
It’s not even that he’s encroaching on Tim Tebow as a candidate for Sports Story of the Decade.
No, it’s in the refusal of far too many people to simply sit back, take it all in and enjoy the ride.
I’m as guilty as anyone. Most members of the media are, in fact, playing the primary buzzkill roles. But it hasn’t just been the media.
It’s been a handful of fellow athletes, led by blatantly ignorant Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the cowardly anonymous racists polluting fan blogs and chatrooms around the sports world.
How many times in the past week have you heard about the Warriors screwing the pooch on Lin? Or the Houston Rockets doing the same? Who’s to blame?
Or if not along those lines, it’s questions about Lin’s ability to maintain his high level of play. Questions about his ability, period — as if dropping 38 in a well-rounded tour de force on Feb. 10 against the Los Angeles Lakers didn’t offer an emphatic answer.
Here’s another, more reasonable question: Can we all just knock it off?
This is truly special, and as much as we’d like to think otherwise, truly special is a rarity these days.
Sports used to be fun.
Now it’s mostly as seedy as society at large.
Lin is making it fun again, so let’s all pipe down for a bit and let it happen.
SPLASH HIT … BY THE A’S: Offseason moves don’t get much more splashy for a low-rent team like Oakland than stealing the biggest name on the international market from deep-pocketed rivals, but that’s what General Manager Billy Beane did in signing Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes this week.
It was a classic stealth signing; nobody had any idea the A’s were in the mix. Free-spending Detroit and suddenly flush Miami were considered the favorites, but Beane gave Cespedes the shorter deal he wanted (to cash in on true free agency earlier).
Scouts drool over the 26-year-old slugger’s tool belt, but nobody has any clue if he’s going to pan out.
All we know is that after a winter of demoralizing discontent, loyal A’s fans finally got a bit of richly deserved good news.
SPOTLIGHT IN SCOTTSDALE: So much talk at Giants camp this spring will be about the state of various comebacks — from Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez and Brian Wilson (injuries) to Aubrey Huff and Brandon Belt (performance).
Get ready for some nauseating minutiae in the form of updates on throwing programs.
And as usual, what’s going to make or break San Francisco’s season is the consistency and durability of the starting rotation; pitchers and catchers work out for the first time today, and aren’t you psyched to see MadBum making phantom throws to first?
The biggest stories, though, could revolve around newcomers Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera, who really have to shine to make this offense work. If they don’t report early, is it too early to worry?
Mychael Urban, a frequent co-host of The Wheelhouse (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) on 95.7 FM The Game, can be followed on Twitter @BigUrbSports. His website is UrbsUnchained.com.