World Series 2017 and the Social Contract

World Series, 2017

The 2017 World Series between the Huston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers is one of the most exciting and evenly matched pairings I have ever seen.

Each game is an exercise in Hitchcockian suspense.

The pitchers are artists who have honed their craft to fearful degree. Every batter is dangerous. And the glove work on the field often borders on ballet.

For me, the series is greatly enhanced by the pre-game rituals of displaying the colors and singing the national anthem.

Unlike football, where hatred for America has become the new cool, not one player in the World Series has kneeled during the national anthem. This allows the fans to enjoy the game without a residue of bitterness and a feeling of betrayal.

Public displays of patriotism are important. They help bind us together as a nation. To subvert these rituals is to tear away at the social fabric that makes a society a society with agreed upon social contracts. When the left chips away at our common rituals they  create and enable Balkanized communities—postmodern secessionists—who exist outside our common social contracts.

Of course, I wasn’t at all surprised when it was revealed that Bruce Maxwell, the only Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem this season, has been arrested on a gun charge.


Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell kneels during the national anthem before a game in Oakland, Calif., Sept. 23, 2017. (Associated Press)


Meet social justice warrior Bruce Maxwell.

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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted October 31, 2017 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    I rarely like baseball but tuned in for the last game – all I can say is WOW. Even the sports announcers were saying it was one of the most exciting games they saw.

    I don’t understand the attitude of the NFL. The protesters are alienating half their audience, and using the platform of the NFL to promote their views. Just about any other company would put a stop to that.

    They deserve what they are getting.

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  2. Barry
    Posted October 31, 2017 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    The team with Justin Verlander is about to morph from a small independent production house into MGM, and Justin? The new Clark Gable.

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    • Barry
      Posted October 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

      And he has his very own Carole Lombard clone.

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