|CLASS: As American as Baseball|
“It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." (Bart Giamatti, Former President of Yale University and Commissioner of Major League Baseball)
A baseball game is a complex interaction between observers and observed, perception and physical reality, hoped-for result and uncontrollable outcome. The game rests on an uneasy combination of rigid mathematical laws and wild, random chance. No wonder that the sport has fascinated us, and driven us crazy, since the late 1800’s. In this course we will examine the six basic components of a major league baseball game, and chart the evolution of these building blocks over the one hundred and twenty five year history of our National Pastime. Each week we will discuss the contribution of one of the game’s required elements: the fans, players, managers/general managers, owners, ballparks, and the media’s role in establishing our access to the game.