One of the signature stand-up routines of the late comedian George Carlin involved comparing the violent nature of football with the more pastoral nature of baseball. Among his observations: “Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, blocking, piling on, late-hitting, unnecessary roughness and personal fouls. Baseball has the sacrifice.” On November 2, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. On November 8, Donald Trump won the United States presidency—the first time that a candidate with no experience in either public office or the military has done so. The contrast in the reaction of the nation to these events, and to the process leading up to them, was striking. So, in the spirit of Carlin, let me compare baseball and American politics.
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