By Robert Benson
Within the spirit of box of desires, a striking e-book approximately baseball and the which means of lifestyles. A online game among the Iowa Cubs and the Nashville Sounds at an AAA park in Nashville offers the lens during which Robert Benson explores the sport of baseball and the that means of lifestyles within the online game. it really is a typical week evening online game within the early a part of the season among groups that might end a long way out of first position within the Pacific League. yet Benson indicates us how during this ordinary online game of baseball, simply as in our daily lives, the regimen plays-the doubtless minor but very important strikes, empty of bravado-eventually win the sport. In fantastically measured prose, Benson hyperlinks occasions in his lifestyles to the innings during this 3-hitter. Married to a lady who can quote baseball stats with the easiest of them, and with young ones who proportion his love for the sport (his teenage daughter made the choice early on that she could be the first girl to play for the Yankees), Benson explores the ways that baseball has continually someway formed and outlined his lifestyles. the sport is a rare testomony to the eternal ask yourself and magic of the good American hobby.
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The pitcher throws to home and a ball is cracked out toward the outfield. As it flies through the air, the coach up the first-base line will toss another one up and slap a ground ball toward shortstop. The fly ball from home plate is caught in the outfield about the same time that the shortstop flips the ball to the second baseman to work on his double-play timing. As the second baseman gloves the ball, the batboy at the screen behind second will haul in the ball being tossed back in from the outfield.
They usually have some guys that I have seen play at Wrigley or will see there in the summer, and so it is fun for me when they come to town. It is April, and everyone who roots for any team believes that their team might end up in first place. Iowa Cubs are just as hopeful as Chicago Cubs in April. Pittsburgh players in Pirates uniforms and in Sounds uniforms are hopeful too, and so are their fans. In our hearts we know better, but it is April, the season when all things are possible. The first batter for the Cubs slaps the ball on about four hops to the shortstop.
And on Wednesdays, they have games that start at noon so that those kids can come. Sometimes you forget about it until you pull into the driveway and go around behind the stadium to the parking lot and see the lines of buses along the fence that stretches back up the hill away from the rear entrance. And there are long lines of kids, all in their camp T-shirts, with their ball caps on their heads and their baseball gloves hanging off their hands. They use their other hand to hold hands with their buddy so that they can get lost together.