Why American Kids (and adults) Need Baseball

Opening Day of the Little League season is a High Holy Day around here.

Because we need to relearn patience. We are so obssessed with outcomes, with highlights and instant gratification that some of my high school students cannot imagine how I could love a sport that demands waiting, preparing, thinking through every scenario every single pitch, and waiting for your turn in line no matter how great you are. Anti-baseball people just cannot see the beauty of the about-to-happen, feel…