The situation is Russia is difficult to get a read on and the position of the United States in that situation is difficult as well to understand. Russia is now Russia and not the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as it was for 90% of my lifetime. Russia is now led by a man in Vladimir Putin who seems to harken back to those years when the country was named the USSR as the country’s finest hours. Mr. Putin seems to be approaching things by the set of rules that were in place when his country was named the USSR while the rest of the world and the western world in particular has not been able to get a grip on what the USSR had become after it fell into disrepair and is now even more floundering in catching up with how Russia and Mr. Putin now sees herself. Ukraine and Crimea are caught in the middle of all this and Ukraine in particular has found itself standing in front of Russia’s bulldozer blade. I am not clear on what the United States’ interest is in this situation so I am not settled on if we should move more actively into the fray or step even farther away from it, but I am certain that Russia is moving forward with things while the rest of the world, the West and the United States are still trying to locate the rule book.
Nine players in the field. Nine players in the lineup scheduled to bat. Nine Innings to play. 27 outs. No time clock. One bat. One ball.
In this day and age of quick, now not then and not later or you and it is old news, baseball stays the same. Say it’s too slow. Say it’s too boring. Say nothing happens. Say - you should learn up and look up from your screen a little before passing judgement.
Remember dinner with your family at the same time every evening. Remember actually talking to your brothers and sisters and mom and dad. Remember when the phone would ring and you had to walk to the place in your house where the phone actually stayed - all the time. Remember when you might not get the phone call you were waiting for because someone was using that one phone in your house. Remember when you had to wait until you got home to use the phone, receive a phone call or maybe if you were lucky check your phone messages in case someone called you when you were not near the phone.
This is baseball. Baseball takes time. Baseball is series of moments. Baseball is a set of events that happen in patient intervals. Baseball is an unfolding story the opens in front of you at its own pace.
Baseball is a conversation that requires you to be speaking, listening, paying attention and actually looking it in the eyes the entire time. Baseball is what this world needs now. Baseball is timeless.
We all need time less, these days.
Now put away your smart phone.
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