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.