11 February 2011
I've been struggling through some baseball withdrawal lately.
It seems I've been without the best sport in the world for years, and I'm hungry for some baseball action. The crack of a bat, the smell of a leather glove, the glances between a pitcher and baserunner... I miss it all. To help break me out of my funk, I turned to Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, and the Field of Dreams.
Try listening to this clip and not get excited about the baseball season. I dare you.
"Ray, people will come Ray.
They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack.
And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces.
People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray.
People will most definitely come."
- Terence Mann, played by James Earl Jones, in Field of Dreams
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