Morrison: Javy Baez and a visible sense of joy

From Kate Morrison at Baseball Prospectus on October 19, 2017:

Baseball is fundamentally a child’s game. We’ve built temples to it, these huge palaces of brick, glass, and stone to surround an idyllic field on which we forget the simple joy that comes with play. It can be hard to remember this fact—that this is fundamentally a thing of balls and sticks and hearts and wits—and at no point is it more difficult to recall this than at the moment of elimination.

Competition is written into the inky lifeblood of this game we’ve conscripted, even at its purest form, but when we’re very, very lucky, we’re able to watch those who can compete without falling prey to that fun-stealing darkness which stalks every man, woman, and child to touch the game.  

Javier Baez is one of those players. 

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Originally published: October 19, 2017. Last Updated: October 19, 2017.