Be Here Now: Baseball, God and Other Non-Sequiturs @ Chapters Bookstore, Pittsfield 4/20/11
Like theater, baseball is timeless. It not only has no clock, but it is played just about every day from April to September. Football and basketball are more about marketing and commerce; baseball is mostly about community, and leisure. If a half inning goes 25 minutes, well, the ads will have to wait. No time outs. Raised in New York, I love the Yankees. But having had my career in Boston, I love the Red Sox too. I don’t care where I sit in Fenway Park. And I wish the Dodgers would return to Brooklyn, hopeless dreamer that I am.
I have enjoyed balmy evenings in North Adams, where I live, enjoying our home town team, the Steeplecats. In Pittsfield, it’s about the Colonials. Each time I go I know the game will be different from the last, like a night at the theatre. And my favorite truism is that going to a game is like going to a show, you don’t always pick a winner, but it’s worth the effort regardless.
The City of Pittsfield is noted for its fervent love and long history of devotion to baseball. This Wednesday, April 20 at 6pm, Dan Valenti of Planet Media, Chapters Bookstore, the Pittsfield Colonials and Cultural Pittsfield team up for a lighthearted literary evening of horsehide and holiness.