Addicted to Baseball
Ed didn't buy Quirk's explanations for why he spends so much time watching
baseball. He said his father didn't care about baseball. He said that the
Giants did not fulfill his need for intimacy, although he could not rule out
the possibility that J. T. Snow could make him happy and could at least be
counted on not to confront him with quizzes from self-help psychology books. Ed
said he loved the game because it has poetry. He said he likes the way the
field is a perfect square, and how it's the only game where the defense has the
ball, and then he stopped. "I am so not a baseball addict."
The defense had the ball. I took a couple more swings and then I let him
win, because maybe he was right. Maybe he just loves the game, and I just
don't. There's no point going into extra innings over that.
Mary Roach is a contributing editor at
Health magazine. She lives in San Francisco.