Avoiding Kirby Puckett, Being Al Newman

1985 Donruss Kirby Puckett Rookie Baseball Card #438 - Shipped In Protective Display Case!I grew up in a neighborhood that was full of kids my age. Getting a small game of baseball together wasn't too difficult.  And like kids are suppose to, each time we played we pretended to be our favorite player.  Once a player was chosen, no one else could be that player.

It was good to be a Minnesota Twins fan in the late eighties and early nineties. The Twins had two World Series Championships and Kirby Puckett was a fixture in center field.  He roamed center field, won gold gloves, and knew all the tricks to playing center field in the Metrodome.  As kids, we all wanted to be Kirby Puckett. Sometimes that ended our ballgame before the first pitch.

The times we were able to settle on different players, I was Al Newman.  Al Newman was not the superstar that Kirby Puckett was, but he was always in the game.  He was the utility player for the Twins and played second base, shortstop, third base and left field.  He was fast enough to be used in pinch running situations and was a good enough hitter to be used as a late inning batter.  Al didn't do anything great, but he could do a little bit of everything.

The bar exam is overwhelming because of the sheer amount of material your expected to learn.  Keep in mind, you don't need to be a superstar and  know everything in any one subject. You only need to know a little about a lot. Its perfectly acceptable to skip over certain topics. You can comfortably skip over the rules against perpetuities, sex crimes, and Shelley's rule.  Even if one of those topics does appear on the bar exam, how many questions could they actually ask?  As much as I love Kirby Puckett, when it comes to the bar exam, being Al Newman is better.