Why Hating the New York Yankees Is Good for the Soul

By |2020-02-09T02:54:29-06:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Evil, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

The Yankee franchise represents the worst side of modern baseball and is thus the fittest of villains in the cosmic drama embodied by the game... "They are the 'Dark Side.' They represent all that is evil about baseball, and about our society in general." —Bill Lee, former major league pitcher It was the late winter of 2002, [...]

“Chances”

By |2017-04-03T12:23:33-05:00April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Poetry|

When the fielder loves his record More than victory for his team Doubtful chances miss his glances For his caution is extreme. Going after every grounder Means a slip-up here and there, And in terror of an error He will choose the chances fair. Spotless records are enticing In a ball game as in life, [...]

Cruel September: The Tragedy of Fall Baseball

By |2019-09-16T22:15:25-05:00September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Baseball, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

“April is the cruellest month,” T.S. Eliot wrote in the first lines of The Waste Land, but for baseball fans it is the month of September that marks the time of bitterest disappointment. Whereas April, the opening month of the baseball season, is filled with hope and promise, September is the final full month of the [...]

Reflections on America from the Ballpark

By |2016-09-02T11:05:48-05:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: Baseball|

Recently I went to see a baseball game. The New York Yankees were playing the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Usually I am perfectly content to watch sports on TV in the comforts of home and avoid the contingencies of weather and traffic, and the costs of parking, tickets and concessions. I am also sensitive [...]

The Day Rick Monday Saved the American Flag

By |2019-06-06T12:33:26-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: American Republic, Baseball, Independence Day, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

On April 25, 1976, the year of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Chicago Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saved an American flag from being burned by two protestors who had trespassed onto the field during a game at Dodger Stadium. As the bottom of the fourth inning got underway, the protesters placed the flag in left-center field [...]

The Magic and Mystery of Baseball

By |2019-03-27T22:16:39-05:00April 2nd, 2014|Categories: Baseball, Mystery, Sports, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

The beginning of the baseball season is a natural time to reflect on the singular mystique of the game known as “America’s pastime.” Budweiser Beer recently garnered more than 100,000 signatures on a petition asking the White House to make Major League Baseball’s Opening Day a national holiday. The Obama Administration, however, in a [...]

The Baseball Code: A League of Extraordinary Gentlemanliness

By |2018-03-09T14:44:17-06:00August 25th, 2013|Categories: Baseball, Stephen M. Klugewicz|Tags: |

The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. 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.— Terrence Mann, in “Field of Dreams” The National Football League recently announced that it would be more strictly enforcing rules against [...]

So Three Umpires Are In a Bar: Or Why Etienne Gilson Would Call It Right

By |2016-04-25T14:37:14-05:00July 24th, 2012|Categories: Baseball, Liberal Learning, Robert M. Woods|

Among the many conversations I have had with Great Books students over the years, none is more lively than when we discuss various theories of truth. It seems to always come up when we are reading and talking about Thomas Aquinas’s Summa. In order to make immediate connection with them, I tell the story [...]