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Baseball also reminds me of shared time
with my family, my dad and especially my
grandfather, and the idea of baseball being
transmitted from old to young by playing
catch. The fact that they play baseball in
summer, mostly outdoors, is enjoyable for
the spectator to get fresh air and commune
with the sun on a warm day.

and they are not trying to keep you from
scoring in the traditional way. Whether I
am playing, live at a game or watching on
television, the impact that some of those
moments have on me, in terms of how much
I remember and cherish them is immense;
when something hits you deep inside like
that, that's spiritual.

A big aspect is that there is no clock. "How
long will this inning take?" You can never
answer that question; an inning could take a
minute with three ground balls; it could take
45 minutes if the team bats around.

RW: Your trip sounds like a kind of
pilgrimage. Did you go through
any self-discovery on the trip?

Because of the slow pace, there is a lot more
going on than just the game. When watching
hockey, everyone focusses on the action
on the ice. Take your eyes off and you'll miss
something. In baseball, the pace allows for
more space between the action, and in that
space, non-baseball things can happen. The
number of games is also a factor; double
the number of basketball or hockey, and 10
times as many as football. That daily ritual is
like a devout practice, and provides time to
develop traditions and rich history through
sheer volume.

RW: The game is quite simple, at
the heart of it, but it's very cerebral;
a lot of thought goes into it.
ML: Simple on the surface, but quite
complicated. No straight lines. You run
counter clockwise in a diamond; fair and foul
territory are not parallel lines - they diverge,
running away from each other. You aren't
trying to score on someone or something,
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ML: Of course. It was a pilgrimage on the
surface and crossing off all the stadiums felt
like every baseball fan's dream. Not to do it
in a lifetime, but in one summer trip. For me,
it was the timing of where I was in my life;
the first time I really didn't know what was
coming next for me, and my relationship
with my grandfather was front and centre.
He was my first hero, and I was kind of doing
the trip for him, and probably wouldn't make
it back in time to tell him about it.

RW: Did you keep in contact with your
grandfather while on your trip?
ML: No, he was too sick. I was only three
or four weeks in when he passed away so I
had to come back home from Atlanta briefly
for the funeral. He was the first important
person in my life who died. The trip became
a turning point in my life, and made me less
shy and less of a worrier. People would
comment that they could never travel for
that long alone, but I really enjoyed the
extended bus rides when I could be alone
with my thoughts and process things. When
you have the time to "soul search," you do it.
If I had travelled with my grandfather, I don't
know if it would have had the same feeling
of pilgrimage because I wouldn't have been
alone to think, or be 100 per cent self-reliant.

Because of his passing, I skipped Cincinnati
in my itinerary and had to take a road trip
there at the end of summer. Long-time
Reds' announcer Joe Nuxhall had also
recently passed away, and he was known
for a catch phrase during games, which
they had put up in huge letters around
one side of the stadium, which was, "He's
rounding third and heading for home." If
I had seen that in the middle of the trip,
it would have had less significance, but
because I skipped over Cincinnati to go to
the funeral and shuffled it to the end, to look
up and see those words at that moment...
It was the ideal way for the trip to end, and
was the result of all the things that come
before. It would have been great to tell my
grandfather.

RW: Now that you are a rabbi, do you
have a different perspective on your
trip? Is baseball still something you
think of in religious terms? Are there
lessons that can go in both directions?
ML: Last year, I did a sermon on Yom Kippur
based on that Cincinnati story, about the
choices we make and the direction we think
we are going; how you don't have control
over life and just have to accept what
happens and let things work themselves
out. I often discuss how the cyclical
relationship between baseball and home
is so important, and how you are always
trying to get back "home." In other sports
you move in straight lines towards a goal,
but in baseball you always come back to
where you started, which is comforting. Like
the calendar or cycle of seasons, you loop
back on yourself, and that feels like baseball
to me.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2020

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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