“Baseball is about going home, and how hard it is to get there and how driven is our need. It tells us how good home is. Its wisdom says you can go home again but that you cannot stay. The journey must always start once more, the bat an oar over the shoulder, until there is an end to all journeying. Nostos; the going home; the game of nostalgia, so apt an image for our hunger that it hurts.”
via John Sexton’s Baseball as a Road to God, reviewed. – Slate Magazine.
And this is worth reading, I think. If you’re a baseball fan, that is:
Michael Kazin: Why Baseball Is The Best—And Least Exploitative—American Sport | The New Republic: ” In The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach’s delicious first novel, a wise young college catcher reflects on “the almost unfair beauty of a professional ball field, the expensive riotous green of the grass, the scalloped cutouts around the bases, the whole place groomed like living art.” You get to drink beer and yell at the umpire too.”
Via:The New Republic: Why Baseball Is The Best . . ..)