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"Phillies Relievers Shut Down Astros, Justifying Bold Managing ...."
Some of you may be wondering "why," of all things, I suddenly decided to do a show on "baseball" tonight.
Here's part of the answer, from Ted Anthony writing for The Associated Press--
"Baseball is America's game: the America that was stitching itself together in the first half of the 20th Century [good one Ted ...) and becoming a 'national' mass culture ... In retrospect, though, at a time when 'being American' was more of a 'thing' than ever before, it ended up being an excercise in candy-coating baseball with myth [yes, we also love myths ...] -- Abner Doubleday, Cooperstown, 1839 -- to prove it was 'an American game.'
One hundred two years later, the first game of the World Series opened last night between two "archetypal teams" (we also love archetypes ...) -- the "Philadelphia Phillies," representing the hopes of our Founding City, the American Origin; and the "Houston Astros," created to literally represent the American Future: "Houston" ... "NASA" ... and "the astronauts who took this Nation to the Moon" ... and are about to Again.
Two "national archetypes" -- representing the fundamental conflicts now swirling around all of us in 2022 ... between "how and why America began ..." and "where and how America is going ...."
Richard C. Hoagland