This day in baseball

Joe Morgan signed a one-year deal with the Giants on February 9, 1981 at the age of thirty-seven.  He would go on to play the 1982 season with the Giants as well, winning the Silver Slugger award at second base for the National League.

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The calming power of baseball cards

I never imagined there would come a day when baseball meets ASMR, but then again, the universe does not wait for us to expect-hope-want something to happen before it decides to make it a reality.  For anyone not familiar with the concept of ASMR, you can read more about it in this article I wrote a couple years ago on the topic.  Very briefly, ASMR stands for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response,” and it is a term used in reference to a reaction to stimuli that involves feelings of calm and a pleasurable tingling sensation.  Some people experience the phenomenon, and others do not.

A simple YouTube search yields literally thousands of ASMR videos, and one of the more popular creators of such videos goes by the pseudonym “SOUNDsculptures,” in a poetically appropriate nod to what she strives to accomplish with each recording.  A few days ago, SOUNDsculptures posted the video below, in which she slowly breaks open and flips through a box of 2014 Topps Triple Threads Baseball cards.  Sound boring?  For many people, it will be.  But if you settle back to watch it with no other distractions, and you allow yourself to forget everything but the video itself, you just might find yourself lulled into a calm, trance-like state.


The Atlantic on baseball cards

A good friend of mine shared this article from The Atlantic with me.  As a kid, I once dabbled in the possibility of beginning a card collection — not just in baseball cards, but in football as well.  The hobby never took off for me, however, and I’m sure my lack of interest was due to impatience and restlessness more than anything else.  Nevertheless, in the quest to look at baseball as a whole, ignoring the role of baseball cards and their collectors would be a foolish move to make.  In his article, Pinsker talks about the relationship between card collecting and capitalism, which is all-too-appropriate considering that Major League Baseball is one of the largest conglomerates in the United States.

A Cultural History of the Baseball Card, by Joe Pinsker

Baseball cards from 1910 (AP)

Baseball cards from 1910 (AP)