America's favorite pastime, as it is often fondly called,
is much more than the sport of baseball.
It is an era, encompassing the past, present and future,
a spirit that lives in the athletes, fans and followers of the game.
It's the smell of freshly cut grass in the outfield.
The perfect cloud of dust that forms as a pair of new cleats slides into second base.
The distinct sound of the ball whistling like a rocket through the air and the thud as it lands in the pocket of a well-oiled leather glove.
The intensity between a pitcher and batter in the ninth inning,
with two outs
and the bases loaded.
It's the glimmer of excitement in the eyes of a child in the stands,
as he watches his favorite player hit a home run
wishing that one day he will be down on that field,
and he will be