I’ve always read a lot about sports, and since the proliferation of sports media on the internet has made information even more available I’ve been reading multiple blog posts or features a day for quite some time now. That being said, this article from Joe Posnanski (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1188482/) from a July, 2011 article of Sports Illustrated has stuck with me more than any other. In it, Posnanski doesn’t merely mention his opinions on the grand beauty of baseball. Rather, Posnanski takes reporting to the extreme and talks to the game’s greatest authorities. From the sheer experience exuded through the words of Vin Scully to the knowledge that comes from every nugget of information dropped by Bill James, this article is a veritable treasure trove of authority on the game I’ve grown to love since I was an infant. In addition to just being a story about what makes baseball great, Posnanski brings out the grander theory of why baseball is so great to the individual fan. Through his message he reminds everyone, from the lifetime Cubs fan who wants to die in peace to the young Yankees fan who knows nothing of adversity in the sport, exactly why we fell in love with this game in the first place. And as Posnanski ends the article by reminding, as it seems, me personally what, rather who, made me love the sport by connecting baseball back to the theme of fathers and sons playing catch, I was both moved and reinvigorated by the scope and wonder of baseball. Despite the fact that this article is growing to be as dated as the game itself seems to be to some fans, I had never before nor since read an article which evoked so much emotion about the game I love the most.