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George Will: Politics is a Lot Like Baseball

By    |   Thursday, 17 April 2014 05:33 PM

Conservative commentator George Will believes there is a common thread between baseball and the political discourse in America.

Will, author of the new book "A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred," told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday that the expectations of a baseball fan and those on either side of the political spectrum should be about the same.

"Baseball seems to me to be the proper game for a democracy because it's the game of a half-loaf, no one gets everything that they want and there is an emotional amount of losing in it," Will said. "Every team goes to spring training knowing it is going to win 60 games, knowing that it is going to lose 60 games, and they play a whole season to sort out the middle 42. If you win 10 out of 20 games you are by definition mediocre. If you win 11 out of 20 games, you win around 89 games and you have a good chance to play in October.

"It's a game that involves a kind of maturity, a kind of emotional equipoise by its fans to understand when you go to the ballpark you can't have your happiness depend on winning because like I said, the best team is going to lose 60 times a year. That's why it's the experience of the ballpark itself, it's the experience of being in this spontaneous three-hour community of strangers who are brought together as a kind of amiable tribe for a home game at the ball park that is the reward itself more than just winning."

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Will, who grew up in Champaign, Ill., midway between Chicago and St. Louis and was forced as a child to choose rooting interests between the Cubs and the Cardinals. He joked that "for reasons that now elude" him, he chose the oft-losing Cubs and grew up to be "a gloomy realist and conservative," while his friends chose to root for the more-successful Cardinals and "grew up cheerful and liberal."

He added that he would not go as far as to liken Republicans, losers of the last two presidential elections, to the Cubs, who haven’t won the World Series since 1919.

"The Republicans, I guarantee, will win another national election before the Cubs win another World Series," Will said. "I don’t think the Republican Party is in desperate shape at all in national politics. The Cubs are another matter. Yesterday they played a doubleheader in New York and didn’t score."

Ironically, the last time the Cubs were blanked twice on the same day was on June 27, 1962… by the St. Louis Cardinals.

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