Baseball: the most virtuous, and Catholic of games

As George Harrison said, "it's been a long, cold, lonely winter." And it feels like years since baseball has been here.But what joy to flip on the television in my office and find Yankees in blue pinstripes, standing in the bright April sun! As I type this, they're losing 5-0 but it doesn't matter. There is the whiff of ball against leather glove; there is the crack of bat-on-ball. There are the crowd noises as A-Rod gets his first hit of the season. There are new names and old names and … [Read more...]

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With Jeter or Without Him, HURRY BASEBALL!

Looking out my window at the endless mounds of snow, I find I am where I was a few years ago:So, in the midst of all of this peacefulness, all this wonder, it seems strange that my heart is filled with a longing for something else: I am desperate to watch baseball.Even as I extol and enjoy this silence, I am already ants-in-the-pants to hear the crack of a bat, the whiff of a ball into a glove. In counterpoint to this clean, cold air, I want to smell salty hotdogs and warm beer. I want … [Read more...]

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Obama’s Creed: Are we being prepped for 2016′s fake narrative?

On Scott Walker and the absolutely absurd media histrionics concerning his refusal to both take responsibility for Rudy Giuliani's comments, and also confirm President Obama's Christianity for the world, I can't help wondering, why does the press seem to want and need Obama to be a Christian? I don't remember them much caring for it that Dubya was one.The answer to whether or not someone believes President Obama (or anyone) is a Christian is really simple. If I were a pol, it would go like … [Read more...]

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Baseball Invites Reverie and Prose like No Other Sport

Very much enjoyed Mike Barnicle's piece on "The Timeless Beauty of Baseball":But nobody really grows out of baseball. Go ahead. Do it. Put the glove on your hand. Flip the ball in the air and it’s 1958 and Teddy Ballgame is in the batter’s box, or it’s 1967 and ‘Yaz’ is dragging the Red Sox across September into the impossible dream of a world series. Catch it and you can still hit and still run and still stand in the infield or outfield, hands on your knees, waiting for the pitcher to throw … [Read more...]

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Baseball, Fusion and the Mushroom Cloud

As I am fond of informing people who insist that I should write about religion and shut up about anything else, the original sub-header on this blog read, "Religion, Politics, Baseball; the Important Stuff".I don't get to write about baseball nearly enough, but this morning, my elder son, Appa, sent along something irresistible, this fun bit of "relativistic baseball":Let’s set aside the question of how we got the baseball moving that fast. We'll suppose it's a normal pitch, except i … [Read more...]

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Well, of course Jesus loves Baseball

PhotosourceAnd this is why:-- The Mascots // Angels, Padres and yeah, why do you think that the team fro, Tampa Bay are now known simple as The Devil Rays. - Jesus likes them.-- The Team // Baseball is a unique team team sport in that there are so many working parts that make up the team: starting pitchers, pinch hitters, closers, power hitters, base-stealers, etc and each player has a unique skill set. I dare say the 25 player roster has more diversity player to player than … [Read more...]

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My Favorite Fenway Moment!

Fenway Park is 100 years old!So, as we gear up for the start of the baseball season, here is my official Best Memory of Fenway:It was 2003. Eight innings into yet-another nail-biter of a series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, there came a guttural wail from the stands at Fenway Park.“For the love of God . . .”It was one lone voice; a man—whose sound was remarkably reminiscent of the late Chris Farley at his most passionately unhinged—was seated close enough to … [Read more...]

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Baseball and Life: Living Within the Clutch

When I first began this blog, its header read, "Religion, Politics, Baseball; the Important Stuff!"> (Photosource)I haven't written about baseball much these past few years. My new favorite Yankee is Curtis Granderson, and I am fond of Nick Swisher, but otherwise I haven't had much to say about the game since arguing against instant replay in baseball after the Galarraga-Joyce incident.But my column at First Things, today, is about baseball, and how love can sometimes lead us … [Read more...]

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Jeter's 3,000!

And he homered into it! One of the greatest ever played the game.And I missed it because I always forget weekend day games! Arghghg.Thank God for video, but it's still not the same as seeing it as it happens! … [Read more...]

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Musing on Baseball, Stan Musial, Babe Herman

I am just so done with seeing snow everywhere. I have not seen my grass since before Christmas, and I need to see green. I need to see a big expanse of green.Preferably diamond shaped.It's not that I hate winter. As I wrote here,I love the quiet the snow brings. In the cities, four inches of snow can effectively sound-proof the hoof-and-horn bustle, at least until the plows come. In the suburbs it is more than sound-proofing. It is as though God has put his finger to the lips of a … [Read more...]

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