Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie, & the Fourth of July

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Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 9.26.21 PMI see great things in baseball. It’s our game — the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.” –Walt Whitman

America is about baseball, hotdogs, and apple pie. If you want to know the heart and mind of America, you must first understand baseball. Jacque Barzun once wrote, “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.”  The problem is, we’re being told that being patriotic, celebrating America, and hanging out the flag is wrong.

Maybe my problem is the fact that I just plain love baseball!

Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.” — Saul Steinberg

Any baseball is beautiful. No other small package comes as close to the ideal in design and utility. It is a perfect object for a man’s hand. Pick it up and it instantly suggests its purpose: it is meant to be thrown a considerable distance—thrown hard and with precision.” — Roger Angell

Baseball is the writer’s game, and its train of thought, we come to sense, is a shuttle, carrying us constantly forward to the next pitch or inning, or the sudden double into the left-field corner, but we keep hold of the other half of our ticket, for the return trip on the same line. We anticipate happily, and, coming home, reenter an old landscape brightened with fresh colors. Baseball games and plays and mannerisms—the angle of a cap—fade stubbornly and come to mind unbidden, putting us back in some particular park on that special October afternoon or June evening. The players are as young as ever, and we, perhaps not entirely old.” — Roger Angell

The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.” — Bryant Gumbel

It is a game which is peculiarly suited to the American temperament and disposition.” — Charles A. Peverelly

It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.” –A. Bartlett Giamatti

Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.” — Saul Steinberg

Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people.” — Steve Busby

Baseball? It’s just a game — as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business — and sometimes even religion.”  — Ernie Harwell

Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.” — Jackie Robinson

Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words.” — Ernie Harwell

England and America should scrap cricket and baseball and come up with a new game that they both can play. Like baseball, for example.” — Robert Benchley

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