The Ball Game

I normally don’t watch television but the other day I turned it on to watch the Red Sox. It was game six of the World Series and it had the potential to be a history making game, the first time in 95 years that the team could win the pennant in Fenway Park. Boston is a sports town and coming from New York I never had Red Sox Mania. But this game was special and I don’t like passing opportunity by.

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As a kid I went to Yankee stadium with the Rabbi of our local synagogue. Living in a suburb of New York, going to Yankee Stadium was a big deal. I remember the Rabbi teaching us how to keep score and following his instructions to make little marks in small boxes to denote balls, strikes, hits, wins, and misses on the score sheets we got there. We bought hot dogs and Coke and yelled and screamed with the crowd. I remember it was hot and we were high up in the bleachers and going to the bathroom meant going down a steep incline past many people. It was exciting. I have no idea who won. It was the experience itself of being part of a crowd and cheering and chanting that made it so thrilling. I think Mickey Mantle was in center field but we were so high up it was hard to see him really clearly. There were no big screens back then. This was a long time ago but as I sat on the sofa with my husband watching the big screen in our living room it all came back to me. There is a song in the musical “Damn Yankees, called “You’ve Got to Have Heart” and the Red Sox guys with their beards, so fit, so focused, so young, seemed to have heart. The announcer said that Boston needed a win after the trauma of the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the players felt a responsibility to do what they could to comfort the victims and their families and give the community something to cheer about.

Many people think meditation is sitting still and being quiet but this sense of inter-connectedness and caring seems to me to be meditation in action. To not be defeated by adversity, to persevere even when the odds seem against you and is inspiring. It maintains hope and faith—and it’s a team effort. We’re in this together. Life is our ballpark. Yay, team…

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