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The Boys of Summer

April 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

            Baseball in its essence is the perfect game. While some may lament its slow pace, these are people who do not understand the strategies and subtleties of life. While some may claim that Abner Doubleday invented the game and is subject to the rules of evolution, I contend that because of its precision it could not have been devised by a mere mortal and thus had to have been a gift of divine providence and so, unlike other games, is fixed in place.

            How else can you explain the perfect symmetry of the basic field? That even after all these years, 60 feet 6 inches is the ideal distance to strike a balance between a pitcher over powering a batter and a hitter having just enough reaction time to hit a round ball with a round bat squarely? That a diamond shaped infield with four points spread 90 feet from one another provides the perfect challenge for both base runner and fielder, producing a hit or an out by a single step or less so often? That the ratio of 4 ball and 3 strikes coupled with a fastball and breaking ball provides an almost infinite set of hitting and pitching strategies? That the basic rules are simple enough for a child, but whose subtleties require years of study?

            As you might have guessed, when I go to a baseball game I see it differently than most people. I went to the Charlotte Knights / ChiSox exhibition game and took some fairly standard pictures. But the way I really saw the game is captured below.

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