The headlines have been pretty grim lately. Whether it’s the timber industry taking on Grays Harbor, rioting and violence in Ferguson, naked aggression and barbrous brutality in the Middle East, a southern border that leaks like a sieve (whatever happened to that story?), or a delayed tee time on Martha’s Vineyard, recent news hasn’t exactly been rosy. It’s enough to make a body want to hightail it to the nearest desert isle or book the next flight to the dark side of the moon. Right?
Hang on a minute. Chillax. Slow down for a sec. Breathe.
What’s still going on? What “reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again…”? Here’s hint:
Nine players can still take the field. Someone strokes a base hit. Steals a base. Turns a double-play. Throws the runner out at the plate. Or parks it. “For it’s money they have, and peace they lack.” Fans can still come to the ball park, MLB or Little League or sand lot. Sit in their shirt sleeves on a perfect afternoon and ‘dip themselves in magic waters’ for nine full innings.
The One Constant
With apologies to NFL fans everywhere – naw, not really – the “field of dreams” is still going strong this summer. Perhaps James Earl Jones says it best in his epic People Will Come soliloquy from Field of Dreams:
The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game is a part of our past… it reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again…”
So congratulations, Cole. And buck up, folks. Wherever there’s baseball there’s plenty to cheer for, even when the headlines are less than rosy. (You may detect a slight sports bias here. Deal with it.)
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