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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