Baseball in many respects *was* America. Teaching your son to play catch eg was a shorthand for fatherhood. Losing baseball to the culture war—which is ofc the political war—is as close to a symbolic proxy for losing the nation, as such, that you’re gonna get.
Baseball’s fortune has long tracked the country’s. An explosion of riches in the ‘20s, a post-war golden age, an ‘80s peak and early-‘90s slump, followed by a revival backed by artificial injections and built on lies. Now, we’ve hit the corporate, sanitized, fake and gay decline