Baseball: A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose

All it takes is 200 hits for 20 years and then 192 more

To the annoyance of a great many and the appreciation of a great many more, baseball takes some time to play. No specified amount of time, like 30 sec. in the huddle or 24 sec. to shoot, but a good deal of time, a suspension of time, almost an absence of time. Last week's interruption, blessedly brief, was not a time-out but a time-in. The labor leaders were starting a clock in a timeless place. One baseball season is a novel that develops into a chapter that dissolves into a sentence and ends up a phrase. A career can be that...

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