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"Memories of our best hopes"
In his book Take Time for Paradise: Americans and Their Games, A. Bartlett Giamatti, who was president of Yale University and commissioner of Major League Baseball before his death in 1989, argues that we can learn far more about a society by studying how it plays than by examining how it goes about its work. Baseball, Giamatti argues, “is part of America’s plot, part of America’s mysterious, underlying design.” Furthermore, baseball is unique in its designation of its purpose as “coming home.” Home plate mysteriously organizes the field: “It is the goal of both teams . . . everyone wants to arrive at the same place, which is where they start.” T. S. Eliot said that too, I believe, as did the writer of Psalm 137.


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