For all the things that can divide a father and son, from different personalities to a father's obligations to a military at war, there is something in sports that brings, if not quite understanding, a certain unity. It's a good thing.
The Kansas City Royals are a lousy baseball team, and not much better for having traded away some of their best prospects in the offseason's biggest blockbuster deal last month. But, thanks to a combination of corporate fecklessness and unaccountability, the Royals are more depressing as a metaphor than they are as a team.
For 364 days of the year, it is commonly accepted that success in baseball is only failing 7 out of every 10 times. So why does Major League Baseball insist on trying to hit it out of the park every season for the All-Star Game?