I think what makes baseball special is that players have to think. The shortstop, who may have to field a ground ball--does he throw to second in hope of a double play or throw to first for the sure out there--and so on.
I like football too--a graceful run or pass reception can be very moving, but there's something special about baseball for me.
One thing I know--it has nothing to do with where I grew up. That was Chicago, home of the Cubs--lovable losers is a local nickname. The Cubs last won the pennant in 1945, more than half a century ago, last won the World Series, the grand prize--in 1908--more than--that's right, a century ago.
But whatever it is, it works for me.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
FEBRUARY 15, 2014
It's coming! Yes, it is! Thomas Boswell reminds us in the Washington Post that the traditional first notice has just gone out: "Pitchers and catchers report to spring training." The first exhibition game, he notes, is, believe it or not, just eleven days away. Yes, I can see snow out the window. It's melting fast.