Benjamin Franklin proved that confession was not only good for the soul, it was good politics.
March 28, 2012
In case you missed it, the 2012 Major League Baseball season opens today, with the first of a two game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
You remember baseball.
At one time, there was only one America's Pastime.
Baseball back then was more than just a sport; it was a cultural touch point. If you found yourself standing next to a stranger at the bus stop, you could always talk baseball.
No, Abner Doubleday’s game (and there’s even some dispute about whether he invented the game) isn’t perfect — not that it ever was.
At one time the baseball season ended the week after Labor Day so it doesn't overlap other sports.
For another thing, there are too many teams qualifying for playoffs.
Teams play the entire season to see who has the best record, but it clearly doesn’t mean anything, since with a glut of playoffs, anything can happen and usually does.
So the best teams rarely win the World Series.
It used to be the Yankees won every year so you knew everything was right with the world — and at least, non-Yankee fans had someone they could hate.
Made for orderliness.
There is a certain optimism on opening day, even if it is miles away in a different time zone.
Cub fans can still dream.
As Herbert H. Paper in the Cincinnati Enquirer said:
“It is well to remember that a Martian observing his first baseball game would be quite correct in concluding that the last two words of the National Anthem are: PLAY BALL."