Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

First Pitch

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

First Pitch

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I like to get to baseball games early. Like, really early. I get there early to watch the opposing team take batting practice, to see the grounds crew paint the lines on the infield, to bask in the aroma as grills fire up around the stadium, to feel the sun soak into my skin. There is just something refreshing about sitting near a patch of grass, far better manicured than my own, in the middle of a maze of dazzling skyscrapers.

Baseball is an exercise in rituals. For me, it's my early arrival. For others, it's listening to the play-by-play on the radio. Keeping score in a program. Collecting cards. Drinking a cold one and risking heat exhaustion in the outfield bleachers. The game is our National Pastime -- not because of what nine men do on a patch of dirt but what we do to become a part of it. …

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