Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a winner at Daytona this year. His triumph at the place where he lost his father 13 years ago was inspiring, but for a young writer dealing with the loss of his own dad, it's what Junior did during those years of growing up in public that really makes this triumph meaningful.
Baseball's foggy, fussy mythos remains one of its biggest selling points, for better or worse. But even heroes are humans in the spring, and everything seems bigger and brighter and better when you're a kid.
Acting out, getting left behind and winding up too big for Little League is no way to go through life. A personal history from the rugged baseball diamonds of Billings, Montana, haunted by the baddest of the Bad News Bears.
Bryce Harper may well wind up as a generation-defining baseball talent, and is definitely one of the more interesting people currently playing the game. He's also a Mormon. Let's leave it at that, maybe.
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.