Old glory never diesùit just repeats itself into oblivion. The World Series isnÆt what it was. ItÆs also, thankfully, still what it is. As America limps its way out of the Great Recession, thereÆs reason to doubt whether We the People will ever regain our position of global preeminenceùwhich would be worse news if we couldnÆt at least find peace in the praxis of our national pastime. Habit is what you do without thought. Ritual, on the other hand, is what you do to stop thinking. I'm not trying to oversell the Series. Nielsen ratings don't tell lies, and weÆre all too old to pretend that Game One was as relevant on Wednesday as it was 50 years ago. But thereÆs a fine line between maturity and cynicism. In a world where tomorrow is less a promise than a threat, the savviest veteran ...
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