Sport: Small Delights and a Big Chill

Now if baseball only allowed a little sunshine and sleep

In the age before television, Ring Lardner's World Serious was never as somber as baseball's capitalists made it seem for the longest time last week. Late- night games on weekends are crimes against nature. When venality becomes a ground rule, a dreariness seeps into the cool night air, and the Red Sox and Mets seemed only alternately able to shake it. "Here's the windup and the pitch," in the modern form, means The Cosby Show is ending, the Merrill Lynch commercials know no boundaries, and it is getting on to 9 p.m. EDT -- cue the pitchers.

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