Why does baseball still survive, even thrive in America.
Maybe because it is a game that makes you think about the big ideas of agency, of personal responsibility, hits and misses, of judgement calls. Baseball is a philosophers game.
Baseball inspires poets and scribes to wax on about some essential baseball-ness that reflects larger values. Maybe baseball is not simply a game, but something grander, a philosophy that might help people order the broader human experience?
Am I putting to much on to the action of whacking a ball with a stick and running while people scramble to throw the ball back.
Here then, one answer, from the philosopher Alva Noe who came to Seattle to speak at Town Hall, July of 2019.
Alva Noë is a writer and a philosopher living in Berkeley and New York. He contemplates the nature of mind and human experience and baseball.His latest book is Infinite Baseball: Notes from a Philosopher at the Ballpark