"Baseball is a leisurely game that demands blinding speed,
and the only one in which the defense has the ball. It
follows the seasons, beginning each year with the fond
expectancy of springtime and ending with the hard facts of autumn...
...It is a haunted game in which every player is
measured against the ghosts of all who have gone
before. Most of all, it is about time and timelessness,
speed and grace, failure and loss, imperishable hope--
and coming home."