Because it feels like home, and because it is enveloping, being a devoted fan of Major League Baseball can be an intensely comforting thing, especially when confronted with the unfamiliar. But, at some point, we all have to leave home.
Towson University's decision to cut some lower-profile sports was handled with a nasty and drearily familiar high-handedness. But there are a number of assumptions and value judgments underlying this decision that have significance far beyond Towson. Can unprofitable sports survive in a college sports scene that's increasingly about profits?
The veteran sportswriter Allen Barra made the relationship between two of the greatest and most iconic players of their generation the subject of his new book. But the relationship between Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle was also about the relationships between stars and fans, legend and memory, and everything else.
David Eckstein has been retired for years, and wasn't all that remarkable during his playing days. So why does he still stand for so much to both sides in baseball's long-running argument about numbers, heart and the relationship between the two?
The Mets may not win a lot of games this year, but they've already won a few in dramatic fashion. What those games have proven, more than anything else, is that John Buck is likely to kill a teammate in a postgame celebration, quite possibly before the All-Star break.