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Monday, April 6, 2015

Opening Day Reflection - Bart Giamatti's "The Green Fields of the Mind"

Photo by Brad Trent
Bart Giamatti - one time professor of comparative literature, president of Yale University, and commissioner of major league baseball - wrote beautiful essays on baseball, a game he understood to have "deep patterns" that resonated with some of the deepest impulses of human longing. Unfortunately, Giamatti died suddenly in 1989, only 8 days after he banned Pete Rose from baseball for gambling.

You can read his baseball essays in A Great and Glorious Game: Baseball Writings of A. Bartlett Giamatti. One of his best essays is also one of his earliest - "The Green Fields of the Mind." It's worth reading, but it's particularly worth hearing Giamatti himself read it. A great listen on this opening day of the 2015 baseball season (technically, the season started last night, but my beloved Blue Jays play their first game today).


Image above from yalealumnimagazine.com

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post -- and the tip. "The game of ball is glorious," sang Whitman -- and so was Giamatti's Take Time for Paradise, which I read towards the end of the 2013 season; so why not begin this year with A Great and Glorious Game? I'll be heading over to Amazon in a tick. But first, let me wish your Jays well (maybe even a Wild Card spot?). Meanwhile, via mlb.com, I'll be tuning in to watch my Mets at 9:00 pm here in the UK -- in hope (cf. Romans 15:13), even if, as Giamatti remarked, baseball will always break your heart.

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