What do we spectators give baseball besides the price of a seat and the respect implicit in paying attention? Baseball’s best practitioners give in return the gift of virtues made vivid. This gift is a thing of beauty and joy forever, or at least until the next game, which is much the same thing as forever because the seasons stretch into forever. Yes, I know, I know. Even the continents drift. Nothing lasts. But baseball does renew itself constantly as youth comes knocking at the door, and in renewal it becomes better.

George Will
from “Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball” (via toolatetrotsky)
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