Like a feather caught in a vortex, Williams ran around the square of bases at the center of our beseeching screaming. He ran as he always ran out home runs—hurriedly, unsmiling, head down, as if our praise were a storm of rain to get out of. He didn’t tip his cap. Though we thumped, wept, and chanted “We want Ted” for minutes after he hid in the dugout, he did not come back. Our noise for some seconds passed beyond excitement into a kind of immense open anguish, a wailing, a cry to be saved. But immortality is nontransferable. The papers said that the other players, and even the umpires on the field, begged him to come out and acknowledge us in some way, but he never had and did not now. Gods do not answer letters.
Gods do not answer letters is perhaps the most iconic line ever penned in sports journalism. The game raises up the ink stained scribblers. Sometimes, at least.
Baseball has been around for a long, long time. Over a century of play makes the game old, but each season is new. So make sure you have some frosty ones in your fridge, and join in the celebration welcoming fairer weather.