People Will Come

Tomorrow, Opening Day, is one of the most American days of the year, surpassed only by Independence Day.  While the Fourth of July is the Bald Eagle, Team America, Middle-Finger-To-The-Rest-Of-The-World kind of day, tomorrow celebrates a much gentler side of this greatest of nations.  It is a day where fathers take the day off from work to spend time with their sons in the warm glow of a spring afternoon.  It is the day that truly marks the end of winter, as Americans from sea to shining sea usher in the new season by singing the Star Spangled Banner in the bleachers of their home team’s ballpark.  It is the day were we are all reminded of our childhood, where an afternoon at the ballpark was the most amazing thing you could possibly imagine.  In the great words of James Earl Jones, “This field, this game: it’s a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.”  This inherent Americness of baseball is the reason why the petition to the White House to make Opening Day an official holiday warranted a response from the White House, in which they acknowledge the important place the sport has held in the growth of our country.

I know that baseball has its difficulties competing with other sports in terms of television viewership and other marketing factors, but it truly has been the American constant over the past century.  It might not be as fast as basketball and as violent as football, but do we really always need thing to be fast and violent?   What about enjoying the moment, and not wanting it to fly-by?  There is much to be said for simply sitting there, watching the subtle chess match between pitcher and hitter, and enjoying the moment, enjoying the sport, and enjoying America.  Baseball will always be here for us, and for that we love it.

Here’s to the Great American Pastime – may we always appreciate it and never take it for granted.

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