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).

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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, 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.