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Sports and the “Unimportant”: Baseball’s Home Plate

Published by on May 12, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

I’ve been thinking a lot about the rubber polygon at the apex of the baseball diamond known as home plate. The game of baseball simply revolves around this tiny stadium landmark.

It is treated with both respect and disdain. It is treated as both “unimportant” and as the ultimate goal.

The ball players address the plate as they approach when they take their turn to bat. It’s with reverence and a bit of trepidation with which they step up to the plate.

The reverence is in acknowledging that this is both the beginning and ending point. The batters entire focus is in preventing the baseball’s flight path from being completed as it attempts to pass over this plate.

The tre...

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