Because life is a series of edits

The Sanity of Baseball

In Sports on July 29, 2006 at 2:00 am

I almost cried at the beauty of this post at Baseball Analysts. Maybe it was the vintage 1962 picture or the almost cosmic convergence of all things baseball, but the sense that the world seemed a lot more sane then than now was almost too much to handle this morning. Call me a freak (or more accurately, an idealist), but this sense of sanity is what I love about baseball.

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  1. Thanks for the link, Craig; I agree about the post.
    There is a beauty to the order built into baseball. It is a great example of how humans carry out the imago dei by engaging in “subcreation”, as Tolkien would call it. Like creating a new world in literature, baseball is a world with rules and a purpose and inhabitants of its own. We care about baseball because it is “ours”, just like God cares about the world because it is His.
    Whoa…I started to go off there. I guess I’m an “idealist” too. (Honestly, I think freak is more accurate, at least in my case.)

  2. Thanks, Craig. I’m glad you and your readers enjoyed my post.

  3. Wow, I’m going to have to write about my memories on this topic in my blog. My Granddad had box seats at Dodger Stadium, but after he died my father told the seats. His ensuing guilt meant that I grew up going to Dodger games with my dad, usually sitting along the first baseline eating a Dodger dog. My greatest childhood father/daughter memory was being at Game 1 of the 1988 World Series when Kirk Gibson hit the 9th inning homer that gave us the win. Man, I’m going to have to go watch the James Earl Jones speech in Field of Dreams and blog about this. Definitely strikes a nostalgic nerve.

  4. Thanks for fleshing out my thoughts more, Nick. You hit it out of Idealist Park, my own privately-owned stadium just down the road from Busch.
    Glad you stopped by, Rich. Thanks again.
    Chelsea, you were there?! The 1988 World Series?! Gibson?! And you never told me this?! That’s my favorite Vin Scully-narrated moment in baseball history of all time! Blog about it and let the baseball nostalgia flow…
    “Oh, my!”

  5. Being a Giants fan, all this gushing about the Dodgers is making me sick to my stomach.

  6. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

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