Sunday, March 31, 2013

Quotation Of The Day: Baseball's Opening Day Edition

A Jacques Barzun classic:
Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game - and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams. The big league games are too fast for the beginner and the newspapers don't help. To read them with profit you have to know a language that comes easy only after philosophy has taught you to judge practice. Here is scholarship that takes effort on the part of the outsider, but it is so bred into the native that it never becomes a dreary round of technicalities. The wonderful purging of the passions that we all experienced in the fall of 51, the despair groaned out over the fate of the Dodgers, from whom the league pennant was snatched at the last minute, give us some idea of what Greek tragedy was like. Baseball is Greek in being national, heroic, and broken up in the rivalries of city-states. How sad that Europe knows nothing like it! Its Olympics generate anger, not unity, and its interstate politics follow no rules that a people can grasp. At least Americans understand baseball, the true realm of clear ideas.[emphasis mine]
I'm not sure Americans understand baseball or clear ideas any longer. I think they still understand fresh starts and baseball's opening day provides those just like New Year's day and the first day a school. (Yes, even Twins fans get a fresh start.)


Dylan Steffen said...

I'm feeling good about their chances this year!

LK said...

I hope so. I'll take a .500 season. I still don't know if their pitching will hold up.

Willingham won't hit as many homers according to some stat geeks. Morneau should be able to have sold season for the first time in about 3 years.