Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Play ball

In Ed's Gazette piece this morning on the filmmaker filming a documentary about Cobb Field, I was struck by this sentence:

Most of all, he liked the lack of frills and the near-total focus on baseball that was part of the Cobb Field experience.

Ain't it the truth? When so many ballparks, and sports, are sullied by promotions, noise and razzle-dazzle, Cobb Field remains a wonderfully pure place to watch baseball. Sometimes I forget how grateful I should be for that, but I will think of it tonight, when the Outpost sponsors its annual game with the Downtown Billings Association. No park I know makes the classic rulebook instruction to umpires seem so real: "Keep your eye everlastingly on the ball."

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