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Baseball is


A single game does not explain baseball any more

than a single photograph explains a life.

Baseball is seven-game win streaks,

batting slumps, wearing the lucky socks for ten days straight.

Baseball is the last-minute trade, the call up of the double-A phenom.

The veteran hanging on for one more chance and the rookie making the most of his only chance.

Baseball is the season: the streaks, the slumps, two-and-a-half games behind, a double-header sweep.

The current and rip-tide of the summer, and wait till next year till it finally comes (and it will come).

Baseball is the season.


But enjoy the game for what it is:

the perfect pitch, the diving catch, called strike three painting the corners.

The line drive, the broken bat, touch-em-all and stealing home.

The game is closing your eyes on a warm summer evening,

hearing the muffled roar of the crowd,

the smell of the hot dog and the sip of beer.

The game is a snapshot.

Baseball is life.

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Taken on August 8, 2006