Welcome Back, Baseball

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And so, my fickle mistress, the Season of Baseball, returns to me today.

She’s looking elegant, refined, open to anything, to any turn, willful, wiley.

For the next six months, she will be by my side like a loyal puppy – extolling virtures, imbibbing my evenings with hope, or just wiling away the time.

By the end, she’ll be a bit worn out, tired, but searching for an appropriate conclusion.

Live sports – the ultimate reality show, since anything can happen – will unfold in glorious pitch-by-pitch detail.

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Ray, people will come, Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway, not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. “Of course, we won’t mind if you have a look around,” you’ll say. “It’s only twenty dollars per person.” They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it; for it is money they have and peace they lack.

And they’ll walk out to the bleachers, and sit in shirt-sleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game, and it’ll be as if they’d dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick, they’ll have to brush them away from their faces.

he one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again. Ohhhhhhhh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come. ~ James Earl Jones as Terence Mann in Field of Dreams

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Welcome back, Baseball.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2013

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