Baseball, God and this summer

by Greg in

I have been absent from CodBall for the longest stretch since we started this humble little corner of baseball bloggery back in 2006. Work, my own summer college team in Walla Walla, Washington, and my newfound fascination with flyfishing have gotten in the way. Special thanks to Dave for keeping the flame alive in recent months. We will also welcome a few new writers in the coming season.

A story on the front page of today's New York Times reawakened in me the urge to reengage. It seems an NYU professor started a course called "Baseball as a Road to God." My own bookshelf at home sags beneath the weight of these two topics, and I have always felt they were connected, but I wasn't sure why. Today's article revealed for me a word I not heard before, hierophany. Hierophany is the manifestation of the sacred in the world.

That's baseball. (It's also flyfishing, and I'm having to add a few new bookshelfs to support that hefty literary genre as well.)

With Easter, Passover and Opening Day behind us, we summer college baseball fans have our own religious celebration ahead -- the opening of the summer season. College baseball is in full swing and summer college teams on the Cape and elsewhere are carefully eying their rosters to make sure they have healthy, productive and available players. June is not so far off.

I would love to hear from some of my old friends in CodBall. What excites you about the Cape Cod Baseball League's 2012 season?