I was fortunate enough to attend my first baseball game of the season on Saturday when my two oldest boys and I watched the University of Louisville take on Western Michigan. I couldn't help but breathe a sigh of relief and joy when we took our seats. There's something about a game - seeing the diamond and the dugouts filled with players, watching a pitcher go into his motion, and hearing the sound of a ball either hit the catcher's mitt or the batter's bat - that leads me into a strange kind of contemplative space. Perhaps there's something faintly sacrilegious about saying that a baseball game becomes prayer for me, but I don't really care. At some point, I'll write a post on here about baseball as prayer. Not today, though.
I want today to do a bit of crowd-sourcing. The second-best thing to watching baseball is reading about baseball, and I'd like to hear about the best baseball-related books, essays, and/or poems you've ever read. Any genre is great. As a theologian, I'm particularly interested in pieces of writing where ties can be made somehow (perhaps only tangentially) between baseball, theology, and/or spirituality, though this isn't a prerequisite for any suggestion. My goal is to create a bibliography on this blog of some of the best baseball writing out there, complete with annotations from myself and others.
Send me a note (my email is in the "About" section of the blog), write a comment below, or tweet me your suggestions along with a sentence or two about your choice.