Disregard for Time

A response inspired by “…it means more”


Baseball was not born.  Baseball was not invented.  Baseball borrowed from and rose above a number of similar games before appropriately evolving.

The great game has undergone changes since settling into its enduring form but has marched through history following the same basic set of procedures.  It has mostly done so without any significant regard for clocks or any other form of that chronological order we humans have imposed not upon our environment—as we would like to believe—but upon our own lives.

Square bases, straight lines, and exact distances dictate the proceedings but the participants determine the flow.  Such symmetry and precise order outside the confines of minutes and hours remind us that certain things will always exist, even beyond the reach of time, in some form that remains fundamentally inviolable.  Moreover, we arrive at the ballpark knowing anything could happen and leave understanding, no matter how routine the game, we witnessed an unprecedented event that will never be repeated.

Certain levels of organized baseball now use clocks to dictate how long a pitcher can wait between pitches or how much time can elapse between innings.  But the winning team still cannot assume victory formation or go into a four corners offense.  In a typical game, twenty-seven outs must be recorded by the victors.  Until that last out is recorded, there is still a chance—however slim—and a glimmer of hope.

Shakespeare wrote, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”  When we are able to avoid the thinking and forget about even the feeling at a baseball game, we realize just how right he was.


Read “…it means more” at https://withintheselines.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/it-means-more/






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