“Football is played best full of adrenaline and anger. Moderation seldom finds a place. Almost every act of baseball is a blending of effort and control; too much of either is fatal.”— Thomas Boswell, with one of 99 answers to“Why Is Baseball So Much Better Than Football?”, The Washington Post, January 18, 1987
No, Boswell wrote this column before Derek Jeter ever wore a major-league uniform. But the shortstop is surely a masterful “blending of effort and control.” And isn’t the fact that baseball can produce the likes of the New York Yankee shortstop just one more reason why this sport—and not the weekly clash of mastodons we see every fall that we call football—is the true, enduring national pastime?