a fork in the road in New York City, as July 4th, 2022 found my New York
Yankees, the most storied sports franchise in the world cooling on a rare
day off, breaking a torrid winning streak so far this year, but still
comfortably in first place with the best record in the sport
Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is packed—the
bright lights are on for a 154-game season this year for the first time
in three years with Outfield slugger Aaron Judge and ace pitcher Gerrit
Cole on the half shell for the summer.
Having baseball back feels like a blessing
at this time.
Now we can think about the Boys of Summer.
Now we can think about the game.
The Boys of Summer will move through the
remains of the year until Fall with that particular poetic grace.
Watching baseball again will hopefully have
the power to lift the millions of Americans, cooped up and stressed out
for the past two years during COVID.
We realize that many of our readers around
the world may not follow baseball and certainly U.S. football carries
a much bigger audience.
the late, great George Carlin perfectly defined why baseball is so special:
“Baseball is different from any
other sport, very different.
“For instance, in most sports you
score points or goals; in baseball you score runs.
“In most sports the ball, or object,
is put in play by the offensive team; in baseball the defensive team puts
the ball in play, and only the defense is allowed to touch the ball.
“In fact, in baseball if an offensive
player touches the ball intentionally, he's out; sometimes unintentionally,
“Also, in football, basketball, soccer,
volleyball and all sports played with a ball, you score with the ball,
and in baseball the ball prevents you from scoring.
“In most sports the team is run by
a coach; in baseball the team is run by a manager.
“And only in baseball does the manager
or coach wear the same clothing the players do.
"In baseball the object is to go home!
“And to be safe!
“I hope I'll be safe at home!
“Baseball is the only major sport
that appears backwards in a mirror.
“Baseball has no time limit:
“We don't know when it's gonna end
- might have extra innings.”
Baseball Versus American Football
George Carlin wrote,
“In football you wear a helmet.
“In baseball you wear a cap.
“Football is concerned with downs
- what down is it?
“Baseball is concerned with ups -
“In football you receive a penalty.
“In baseball you make an error.
“In football the specialist comes
in to kick.
“In baseball the specialist comes
in to relieve somebody.
“Football has hitting, clipping, spearing,
piling on, personal fouls, late hitting and unnecessary roughness.
“Baseball has the sacrifice."
Whitman Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman, an American poet, essayist,
journalist and humanist in his 1855 book of poems, titled "Leaves
of Grass" said this about baseball:
“I see great things in baseball.
It's our game, the American game.
“It will repair our losses and be
a blessing to us.”
Now let the fabled words echo through the
land. Play Ball 2022!
This one is for Emily. Youngest daughter Emily Parker
(pictured above) enthuses,“I'm so pumped for baseball to be back
at full speed.”