If you like baseball, you know what it’s like. Baseball players stand alert and astutely ready in every inning of the game. No player knows in advance what’s going to happen. Every player from batter to pitcher to the infielders and outfielders can expect only the unexpected. Players on defense tense their muscles and focus their minds to properly react to the trajectory of the ball in play. The batter trains his eye to smash that hit. The infield and outfield players poise themselves to deny it. In the game of baseball, as in the game of life, competition breeds tension between teams desiring to win. People in real life tauten for the unexpected too, because life, like baseball, guarantees the unexpected turn of events.
If you know about baseball, you notice a baseball coach trains his team to win. He practices his team. His ball players gain proficiency and expertise with repeated practice. The spirit of the team escalates the more it realizes improvement due to practice. The practice instills confidence. When the ball game starts, the players act instinctively to do what the twist of the situation requires---the main benefit of repeated practice. In the game of life, training and practice serve us well to improve too. We learn how to work a trade by working the trade. We learn how to behave by practicing behaviors and comparing results. We learn how to think by practicing logic. The repetitions of practice in baseball as in life eventually spawn wins and recognition.
If you know about the game of baseball, you know an umpire calls the plays by a set of rules. They apply to every player. They order the game. They set boundaries within which the game is played. If a batted ball goes over the foul line it’s out of play. If a player catches a fly ball the batter is out. If a batter swings and misses a pitch outside the strike zone, it’s a strike and not a ball. Four balls put a batter on first base. In life the rules of law fix the boundaries of the game. Burglarize a house and you’re out of bounds. Assault somebody and you’ve broken the rules. Without laws and penalties in life, as in baseball, the game couldn’t be played. It would have no regulations within which to play. Some baseball rules reflect life in great actuality. In life if a man steals but doesn't get caught, he’s safe. In baseball, if a runner on first base sprints for second and reaches it without getting tagged, he’s safe too--- he’s still in the game and he stole a base.
If you enjoy baseball, you know that even for those of us who like the game the most, it can be mundane. Players do at times exhibit extraordinarily adept catches, for instance, but that’s rare. Baseball fans focus on the intricacies of the game to maintain interest. They count the balls and strikes. Life gets boring too. Car accidents don’t happen every day. We could easily bore ourselves by not staying current with matters that maintain interest in life.