I only write about politics to support my baseball habit, which every year becomes more intense and more fun. One thing to understand about baseball is it’s very old. There’s a reference in the diary of a soldier at Valley Forge to playing a game of base. Base ball was two words for a very long time. Wrigley Field. Fenway Park. They’re older than the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Supreme Court building, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam. Veterans of the Civil War, men who’d been at Chickamauga and Antietam and Gettysburg went to see games in Wrigley Field. So first of all, enjoy baseball because it’s woven, as very few institutions are, into the entire history of the country. Also it’s just about to ascend once again because we’re done with the nonsense about the NFL being America’s great pastime. The NFL’s viewership is down on television. More and more Americans are beginning to realize because of the concussion problem that the human body is simply not made for football, and therefore, a lot of the kind of talent that used to be good at baseball and good at football and chose football is going to rethink that. And these kind of talented young athletes are going to come back to baseball, and baseball will resume its rightful place as the, definite article the, national pastime.