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Hope Springs Eternal
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The page is being turned on the winter. Spring has hit in most locales. The boys of summer have returned. And as every long suffering baseball fan knows, "hope springs eternal".

But on a deeper level, where is hope? We just visited the people of Tent City where there is little hope. People who have been done in by the complexities of life. Most wondering where their next meal will come from let alone worrying about whether the Dodgers, Angels, or some other team packed with millionaire players will walk off with the pennant in late September.

Nor is there much hope for those stationed in the five year long quagmire of Iraq. At least, the soldiers do get a short rotation out of the war zone and an opportunity to see loved ones state side. But what about the Iraqis who live with little water, little electrical power, and little hope to an end to a war that they did not bring upon themselves.

And what about the common Joe and Jane who increasingly see their hard earned wages eaten up at the gas pump. And what about those who barely can afford the mortgage payments on a home they purchased not fully understanding the complexities of what seemed to be easy to finance loans. And what about the parents who want to do the right thing and forgo the junk food that they know will poison their children but can't afford the basic necessities of bread, milk, and eggs.

There is a weird correlation between hard economic times and the game of baseball. When things get tough, Americans have often looked toward the sport to bring a bit of excitement and energy to their lives. There is something fundamentally clean and precious about rooting for the hometown heroes as they fight for their city on a pastoral setting within the gritty confines of an urban sprawl that is rocked with the realities of life.

In the depression era 1930's, when going to a movie or a
ball game was affordable for almost all, these easy to reach
escapes sustained an entire nation. What will happen if our economy continues in this downward spiral and those who run our theaters and stadiums continue to charge outrageous admissions for the rich actors and sportsmen who occupy them? You say, watch the games on TV. Listen on the radio. All good, but the concept is to allow people an opportunity to get out a bit and feel good about themselves. A thrilling victory, witnessed in person, can bring hope to the thousands who are in that baseball cathedral. A night spent under the powerful lights watching men in whites and grays playing on a sea of perfect green grass is an opportunity for families and friends to bond and to plant seeds of determination.

The American dream of picking oneself up off the floor and against all odds, making a worthwhile life, is the morality play of baseball. As the times continue to get hard, it would be hoped that the economic disparity between the players and the fans would be bridged just a bit so that thousands of seats can be sold on a fair price basis. Baseball has always been there; may it remember its roots.

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More Blogs by Ken Aven
• A Mighty Wind - Monday, November 17, 2008
• Comparisons - Tuesday, November 11, 2008
• It's A Beautiful Day - Thursday, November 06, 2008
• Wednesday Morning - Friday, October 31, 2008
• A Baseball Interlude - Tuesday, October 28, 2008
• Sarah Ambitious - Friday, October 24, 2008
• Food Stamps & Fried Chicken - Sunday, October 19, 2008
• Joe Six-Pack; Joe the Plumber; Joe ... - Thursday, October 16, 2008
• State Of The Race - Sunday, October 12, 2008
• Out Of Ideas - Wednesday, October 08, 2008
• Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid - Saturday, October 04, 2008
• CNN's Targeted Debate Coverage - Tuesday, September 30, 2008
• Decide Already - Saturday, September 27, 2008
• A Pox On All Houses - Tuesday, September 23, 2008
• McCain Quits - Friday, September 19, 2008
• The Mugging Of John McCain - Tuesday, September 16, 2008
• A Time For Truth - Saturday, September 13, 2008
• Barack Huxtable vs. John McCain Brady - Tuesday, September 09, 2008
• The American Family - Friday, September 05, 2008
• Juno For (Vice) President - Tuesday, September 02, 2008
• We Came To Praise Obama and ... Palin? - Saturday, August 30, 2008
• Thank The Clintons - Wednesday, August 27, 2008
• The Narrative In Beijing & Denver - Monday, August 25, 2008
• Give Us Hillary - Wednesday, August 20, 2008
• McCain Wins - Sunday, August 17, 2008
• If It's Tuesday It Must Be Sydney, Athens, Beijing... - Thursday, August 14, 2008
• Olympic Anxiety - Monday, August 11, 2008
• Hawaii Obama-O! - Wednesday, August 06, 2008
• COMEBACKS - Sunday, August 03, 2008
• 5.4 - Wednesday, July 30, 2008
• ALL STARS & LAYOFFS - Monday, July 28, 2008
• ISOLATING OBAMA - Friday, July 25, 2008
• The Sky Is Falling? - Tuesday, July 22, 2008
• RETRENCHING - Thursday, July 17, 2008
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