March 18, 2008
English 30, Section 12
Stars, Stripes, and Diamonds
America’s past time.
Unfortunately, this renowned nickname that has
connected itself to the sport for a countless amount of years often results in great
Baseball is not just a game of the past.
It certainly has faced its share
of problems more recently and is receiving more competition from the other professional
sports, but baseball has always maintained a major role in America.
It’s seen as a very
patriotic game — and for good reason.
Some of the most significant events in American
history eventually make their way to the baseball diamond in one way or another. The
Fourth of July, the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001, the “Star-Spangled Banner,”
the flag of the United States of America, and most recently the shootings at Virginia Tech
— all of these things and events have brought Americans closer together, and they all
have established a place in the game of baseball.
To Americans, the Fourth of July is the most patriotic day of the year.
To me, the
Fourth of July is baseball day.
For as long as I can remember, I have played in baseball
doubleheaders every year on the fourth day of the month of July.
It has become a
tradition, not only for me, but for baseball in general to celebrate the holiday in style.
Fireworks, parades, ceremonies, and banners.
All of these things are in abundance in
every major league stadium and the city in which it is found on this patriotic holiday.
They, too, can be found in my small hometown of Macedon before, during, and after our
The most American thing of all, though, is what really makes the day so special
There was always a large number of family members in attendance to take in