Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Soul of the Game Part I: God Bless Indie Baseball

What purpose does baseball serve? Sport is often viewed as the great diversion of the modern man. That phrase can have differing definitions. One sees sport as a distraction; a fleeing of responsibilities in place of entertainment. The other holds athletics as a bonding experience that pulls us from the mundane to a place of momentary euphoria. Either way, the feeling comes and goes. But understanding the importance of sport, and namely baseball, is the reason I began this blog in the first place. Over this and the subsequent two posts, I will embark on a journey, with some wonderful people at my side, to discover the soul of the game. Across seven days, I will visit the independent league Gary Southshore Railcats, the minor league Indianapolis Indians, and the major league Cincinnati Reds. There is no pre-meditated story line. No angle for agenda. No character structure. Merely observation and translation. There will be beer. There will be ballpark food. There will be conversation and wandering. There will most certainly be baseball. 

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