Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lessons From the Diamond


It's almost baseball season. Really, for me, it means that by the time we get to the All-Star Game, it won't be long until training camp for the NFL.

But I've grown to appreciate baseball. It's an interesting game and it's place in our society is intriguing and, yes, inspirational.

My favorite quote regarding baseball is from former Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, one of the most eloquent speakers I've ever heard. These words regarding baseball's lesson in community are profound and express a compassion for the game, but also for the highest ideals of brotherhood.

I  hope you can appreciate them as well....

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"It is a community activity. You need all nine people helping one another. I love bunt plays. I love the idea of the bunt. I love the idea of the sacrifice. Even the word is good. Giving yourself up for the good of the whole. That's Jeremiah. That's thousands of years of wisdom. You find your own good in the good of the whole. You find your own individual fulfillment in the success of the community — the Bible tried to do that and didn't teach you. Baseball did."

— Mario Cuomo from Ken Burns' 'Baseball'

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