Like theatre, baseball is timeless, it not only has no clock, but it is played just about every day from April to September. Football and basketball are more about marketing and commerce; baseball is mostly about community, and leisure. If a half inning goes 25 minutes, well, the ads will have to wait. No time outs. Raised in New York, I love the Yankees. But having had my career in Boston, I love the Red Sox too. I don’t care where I sit in Fenway Park. And I wish the Dodgers would return to Brooklyn, hopeless dreamer that I am.
I have enjoyed balmy evenings in North Adams, where I live, enjoying our home town team, the Steeplecats. In Pittsfield, it’s about the Colonials. Each time I go I know the game will be different from the last, like a night at the theatre. And my favorite truism is that going to a game is like going to a show, you don’t always pick a winner, but it’s worth the effort regardless.
A Literary Evening – “Baseball, God, and other Non-sequiturs” Wednesday, April 20 at 6pm
The City of Pittsfield is noted for its fervent love and long history of devotion to baseball. This Wednesday, April 20 at 6pm, Dan Valenti of Planet Media, Chapters Bookstore, the Pittsfield Colonials, and Cultural Pittsfield team up for a lighthearted literary evening of horsehide and holiness.
Produced and hosted by Dan Valenti, the evening at Chapters Bookstore in downtown Pittsfield will feature guests reading verse, both lighthearted and serious, on the topics of baseball and God, and sometimes both.
The evening will begin with an introduction by Mr Valenti, who will then introduce each of the guest readers. Pittsfield Mayor James Ruberto, a noted baseball fan, will kick things off with a spirited reading of Casey at the Bat. He’ll be followed by the Pittsfield Colonials owner Buddy Lewis, reading a baseball prayer. Afterwards, Pittsfield Colonials General and Field Manager Jamie Keefe will read more baseball poetry. Next God comes up to bat, represented by local writers Paul Milenski and Laura Gross, as well as Bisque, Beads and Beyond business owner Donna Todd Rivers.
Afterwards, all are invited to enjoy refreshments, meet the readers and buy signed book copies. Baseball, God and Other Non-Sequiturs is free and open to all at Chapters Bookstore, located at 78 North Street in downtown Pittsfield, on Wednesday, April 20 at 6pm. For more information, please call 413.499.9348.
“Baseball, God, and other Non-sequiturs”
A literary evening of horsehide and holiness
Chapters Book Store
78 North Street, Pittsfield MA
Wednesday, April 20, 6pm