About Elizabeth D.

I really like baseball (most of time). But
when someone asks me why I like baseball, I have no idea what
to say. I can describe things about it that I like: broken
bats, small ball, off-speed pitches, but even if I listed
everything I liked about it, I don’t think I would do it
justice. In my AP Lit class, we recently read Shakespeare’s
“King Lear.” At the beginning of the play, Lear asks his
daughters to tell him how much they love him, and in return,
he will give them land. Two of his daughters, Goneril and
Regan, give speeches complete with fancy metaphors that just
end up sounding fake and disingenuous. When he gets to his
last daughter, Cordelia, she basically says that she does not
have anything to say to him, and that she merely loves him.
She goes on to say that actions speak louder than words, and
that her loyalty towards him should be indicative of how much
she loves him. It is not until the end of the play that Lear
realizes that only Cordelia was genuine, but that’s besides
the point. What I’m trying to say is that from what I can
tell, a baseball fan’s love of the game is unconditional. We
merely love the game. We can’t tell you why we love it, we
just do. And our actions as fans speak louder than words. We
travel thousands of miles during the Spring to go see games
that don’t even matter; we spend hours waiting for our
favorite player to sign a baseball, and we don’t even hold it
against him when he ignores us. We sit through rain delays
and extra innings; we stay up extra late to watch the west
coast games (and grimace when those go into extra innings).
We put a lot of time and a lot of emotion into this game, and
do we expect anything in return? Nope. Neither the game nor
the players will ever return our affection. We take it for
what it is. You can expect it to be there for 162 games: from
spring until fall. Baseball freely offers its magic, and
those who take it find some sort of peace (even if we are
pulling our hair out when our manager is still on the bench
when his starter is over 100 pitches and he has just put two
men on). I don’t think anyone has to justify their passion.
As Dr. Seuss says, “Be who you are and say what you feel, for
those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t
mind.”

Interests

Major League Baseball, Minor League
Baseball, Arizona Fall League, Gulf Coast Leagues, Spring
Training, Baseball History, Baseball Statistics… pretty
much anything to do with baseball.

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