Oh, to be a center fielder, a center fielder – and nothing more. ~Philip Roth
The New Yorker
What a joy it must be to race down those fly balls out there.
I do miss it, myself. Or being anywhere on the field, for that matter.
why nothing more? as if center field was somehow more enjoyable than playing shortstop? I don’t get it. Maybe what Bruce said fills out the quote; that racing down fly balls; that I can relate to. We used to play 500. I forget the rules, but it involved a lot of shagging fly balls.
I read this as words from a man who is on the outside of the ballpark fence looking in, who wasn’t invited to be a part of the game. But he wants in so bad he’s willing to accept anything they’ll give him just to be a participant. The same way I sometimes think, “Well, I don’t really have to be rich. Just give me a bit of a pay bump, and I’ll be content… for little while, anyways.”
it’s nice to see center field be the default as opposed to the typical last resort position of right.
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