Friday, April 12, 2013

What Makes Baseball Great

("A Baseball Golden Age")

Baseball is a game that survives and thrives despite logical dictates to the contrary. It appears to be far too slow, far too expensive to attend, and still far too littered with the memories and remnants of an era of a drug induced uneven playing field.

It can be overrun by statistics (a recent article spoke of announcers having to at least be semi-fluent in geek speak) and its season extends as far as the eye can see.

But it has a rhythm and a flow that no other sport can duplicate. It has the smell and feel of a new leather mitt, a deep attachment of parent with child and the sense that the world is not moving by too quickly. Its debates on whether the artificially enhanced belong in the Hall, on the cold reality of VORP and WARP battling the artistry which numbers don't reveal, and even whether to expand the post season universe, are all integral parts of an afternoon or evening at the ballpark. It allows time for conversation, contemplation and connection.

Baseball is a marathon taken one beautiful step at a time, and whether it is now in a "golden age", with greater parity, grander shrines, and larger gross revenues, is almost irrelevant. This sport is and will forever be more, much more than brick and mortar, dollars and cents.

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