“Baseball Is Our Game”

By |2017-06-28T12:07:08-05:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Culture, Quotation, Tradition|

"I like your interest in sports ball, chiefest of all base-ball particularly: base-ball is our game: the American game: I connect it with our national character. Sports take people out of doors, get them filled with oxygen generate some of the brutal customs (so-called brutal customs) which, after all, tend to habituate people to a [...]

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, [...]

The False Idol of Modern Sports in America

By |2019-12-10T13:49:07-06:00December 28th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Featured, George A. Panichas, Sports|

Idolatry is a dimension of the value that is now placed on sports in America, and is expressed in unbridled adoration of physical feats, and in bowing down to the things of the world… “A technologically supported secularism would make men as gods whose mere desires transform material reality to suit their needs.” So [...]

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 |2020-03-03T12:57:21-06:00September 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 [...]

Faith & Football: What Sunday Morning Can Learn from Sunday Afternoon

By |2015-09-10T23:52:14-05:00September 10th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Faith, Football, Sports|

The Game Like any sports culture, American football arrives at its season with its own mythos. The difference is, here in the States, no other sporting event captures and communicates so well the id of the American psyche: good guys vs. bad guys, victory or defeat, and violence, violence, violence. But I am more [...]

The Transcendentals of a Touchdown

By |2016-02-12T15:28:03-06:00February 1st, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Fr. James Schall, Sports|Tags: |

Tensions tighten and raucous roars of excitement permeate America as football fans eagerly await this year’s Super Bowl. Fans have watched the playoffs intrigued as games unfold, awaiting the final score to see which team will advance to the final game. Some scorn the passion and obsession people have with a “trivial” game. And [...]

Obama and Eisenhower: A Tale of Two Golfers

By |2014-08-26T14:08:00-05:00August 26th, 2014|Categories: Barack Obama, Bruce Frohnen, Dwight Eisenhower, Foreign Affairs, Golf, Presidency|

President Obama has been taking a good deal of flak, lately, for all the time he is spending on the golf course. He famously “took a break” from his latest vacation to address the horrors of the beheading of an American journalist by an Islamic extremist group, and to say a few words about [...]

The Sports Obsession of a Lonely City

By |2014-04-10T14:51:39-05:00March 28th, 2014|Categories: Community, Sports|Tags: |

I’m from Seattle (the area if you want to be picky). Now I know that everyone likes to brag about their city being a sports town, but Seattle takes the cake. How else do the Mariners continue to have fans? Why is soccer actually popular here? And why the heck won’t the NBA move [...]