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And then came the nineties, when management,
by John Thorn

And then came the nineties, when management,
suddenly frightened that they had ceded control to the players,
sought to restore baseball's profitability by 'running
the game like a business.'
- John Thorn

Finally, for all of us but a lucky few,
the dream of playing big-time baseball is relinquished
so we can get on with grown-up things.
- John Thorn

Pursuing employment or climatic relief,
we live in voluntary exile from our extended families and our longer past,
but in an involuntary exile from ourselves and our own past.
- John Thorn

If I haven't made myself clear, this worrisome chain
of events describes the game of the nineteenth century.
- John Thorn

 

This was nostalgia in the literal Greek sense:
the pain of not being able to return to one's home and family.
- John Thorn

Award trophies, as opposed to letting the players define and claim their own.
Ultimately, pay them to play so that their activity
not only resembles work but is work.
- John Thorn

There was much woe and lamentation in the seventies that the game was dying.
- John Thorn

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We know these men are professionals whose services
are up for bid and whose bags are packed,
and yet we call them our own and take personal,
even civic pride in their accomplishments.
- John Thorn

For many of us, sport has provided the continuity in our lives,
the alternative family to the one we left behind.
It gives us something to talk about,
to preen about,
to care about.
- John Thorn

Whatever else I do before finally I go to my grave,
I hope it will not be looking after young people.
- John Thorn

The heroes of our youth grow old - 'the boys of summer in their ruin,'
in Dylan Thomas's verse -
yet we seem the same.
- John Thorn

But the dream is never forgotten, only put aside and never out of reach:
Where once the dream connected boys with the world of men,
now it reconnects men with the spirit of boys.
- John Thorn

In over 160 years of recorded baseball history,
no team had ever won a championship this way.
- John Thorn

This illuminates not only fans' interest in major league
teams but also the minors and even Little League.
- John Thorn

Distant replay morphs into instant replay,
and future replay cannot be far off.
- John Thorn

The caliber of play suffered and attendance declined year by year.
Interest in college football was exploding,
and there was this new game called basketball.
- John Thorn

The National League was born the following year,
as an attempt to exert the control of capital over labor.
- John Thorn

Baseball presents a living heritage,
a game poised between the powerful undertow of seasons
past and the hope of next day,
next week, next year.
- John Thorn

In response to the challenge of strangers,
sport arose as a sublimated representation of a community's
armed might as well as its pride of place and clan.
- John Thorn

My egotistical concern was less that I would fail to
relate to my classmates than that they would know nothing
of my uniquely tortured life's course and,
thus, me.
- John Thorn

But the citizens of Cincinnati loved their Reds because they won,
no matter what their addresses had been the year before.
They rooted for the Old-English 'C' on the players' shirts.
- John Thorn

Donning a glove for a backyard toss,
or watching a ball game,
or just reflecting upon our baseball days,
we are players again, forever young.
- John Thorn

Planning to play: that's what saving for retirement is today -
and it is antithetical to the nature of play,
fully within the definition of work,
and blissfully ignorant of the reality of death.
- John Thorn

But baseball bounced back in the next decade to reclaim
its place as the national pastime:
new heroes,
spirited competition, and booming prosperity gave birth to dreams of expansion,
both within the major leagues and around the world.
- John Thorn

Yes, we've seen it all before.
And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it.
But no, the sky is not falling - baseball is such a
great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it.
After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail.
- John Thorn

Why we play as children is not because it is our work
or because it is how we learn,
though both statements are true; we play because we are wired for joy,
it is imperative as human beings.
- John Thorn

More fundamentally, it is a dream that does not die
with the onset of manhood:
the dream is to play endlessly,
past the time when you are called home for dinner,
past the time of doing chores, past the time when your
body betrays you past time itself.
- John Thorn

Better than anything else in our culture,
it enables fathers and sons to speak on a level playing
field while building up from within a personal history of shared experience -
a group history -
that may be tapped into at will in years to come.
- John Thorn

As the game enters its glorious final weeks,
the chill of fall signals the reality of defeat for all but one team.
The fields of play will turn brown and harden,
the snow will fall, but in the heart of the fan sprouts a sprig of green.
- John Thorn

For many in baseball September is a month of stark contrast with April,
when everyone had dared to hope.
If baseball is a lot like life, as pundits declare,
it is because life is more about losing than winning.
- John Thorn

Do we settle on a regional team because we can go to
its ballpark and see its games on television? Or do
we choose a team as our favorite because it has an
especially appealing player,
a Barry Bonds or an Ichiro?
- John Thorn

One of the first lessons he or she learns is that in baseball anything,
absolutely anything, can happen.
Just two days ago as I write this, something happened
that had never happened in baseball before.
- John Thorn

We are fans because the game also appeals to our local pride,
our pleasure in thinking of ourselves as,
yes, Americans but nonetheless different from residents of other towns,
other states, other regions.
- John Thorn

I think that much of this was running in background
as I contemplated whether or not to attend the PS 99 reunion,
although I certainly anticipated that I would not;
it smelled like death,
not youth.
- John Thorn

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

I can't go back to yesterday -
because I was a different person then.
- Lewis Carroll

Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

An inspiring vision - then courageous action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
- St. Francis of Assisi

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff that life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

Believe you can - and then make it happen.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.
- Gene Wolfe

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose...
only then will you learn the game.
- Winston Churchill

When you see something done,
know that you intended it.
If you don't like what you see,
then deeply examine your intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Choose wisely - then act decisively. Do it today!
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

You have to learn the rules of the game.
And then you have to play better than anyone else.
- Albert Einstein


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