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.