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Baseball and Religion

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. By clicking on "Submit" you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Email Newsletter. Log In. The baseball stadium, the equivalent of the altar, provides a place where the faithful come to worship. Although he initially refused to root for the Yankees when the Dodgers left town, the arrival of his son left him in a quandary.

Should he impose his own loyalty on a team long gone or should he cultivate a passion for a local team whose star is on the rise? With this gesture he aims to foster a love of baseball and forge a bond with his son, but also wants him to enjoy the thrill of victory for a team that is rebuilding and holds promise for the future. Like baseball conversions, religious experiences are unique to every person.

Baseball as a Road to God

Sexton explains that in religion, believers embrace the past as the foundation of their faith while they look toward everlasting life once they depart this earth. In baseball, fans—if they have emerged winners the previous October—hold onto their glorious memories they hope to repeat as champions in the new season. For fans whose teams hit the golf course instead of the baseball diamond in the post season, their focus is on the future. Anyone with any religious beliefs realizes that faith and doubt go hand-in-hand.

So, too, in baseball. Although statistics and technology have assumed a greater role now in baseball from selecting players to devising plays, there is still room for old-fashioned guesswork along with doubt.