August 5, 2021

Sarris: What we learned this year in baseball (The Athletic)

I know so much more about baseball now than I did when I first came to this country in the mid-1980s. I’d seen a game or two, and was familiar with the rules and basic action, but there was an incredible amount to learn. Since then I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand the economics, the physics, the geometry, the strategy, the mechanics, the emotions in baseball. I’ve made some progress, maybe, and yet … I still feel like I know relatively little.

But that’s the fun of it anyway, following baseball — trying to learn about things, a progression also known as life. The rabbit holes we can go into, the different minutiae we can try to master, the conversations we can have. Even if I arrive at the ballpark and have my prepared question or two answered, by the end of the day I usually have spawned a couple more questions that I have to have answered. That’s great, in my opinion, and it has to do with the shape, pace and complexity of…

Read “Sarris: What we learned this year in baseball” at The Athletic