The Green Fields of the Mind
April 2, 2015 11:56 AM Subscribe
It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. Today, October 2, a Sunday of rain and broken branches and leaf-clogged drains and slick streets, it stopped, and summer was gone... (full audio on YT) (transcript)With Major League Baseball season starting its season this Sunday, now is a good time to revisit Bart Giamatti's lyrical ode to the game, "The Green Fields of the Mind."
Perhaps best remembered as the man who banned Pete Rose from the sport for life, Major League Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti was a monumental figure in the history of the game, and a thoughtful, erudite man who left us this elegant tribute to the game he so loved.
ESPN reflected on his legacy last year on the 25th anniversary of his passing.
Trivia: you may be familiar with Commissioner Giamatti's son, Paul, who has done some acting.
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