The ballpark is a paradise into which evil does occasionally come, whenever the Yankees are in town, and this occasionally lends the game a cosmic significance that it would not be improper to call “apocalyptic.” This, in fact, is why that dastardly franchise is a spiritually necessary part of the game in this country; even Yankees fans have their necessary role to play, and—although we may occasionally think of them as “vessels of wrath”—we have to remember that they, too, are enfolded in the mercy of providence.

—From “A Perfect Game: The Metaphysical Meaning of Baseball,” by David Bentley Hart, fan of the Baltimore Orioles

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Editor’s Note: The featured image of Oriole Park at Camden Yards is courtesy of Wikipedia.

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