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Bromley hit

a solid double

Ben Bromley’s words on baseball in his column (Friday’s Tribune) caught my attention.

In the beginning it sounded as though he was about to be critical of the game. He wasn’t. He caught almost all the nuances of this beautiful game: its paradoxes, its rituals and superstitions, its eccentricities, its semi-secret codes of conduct, the fact that its violence is only figurative, almost always giving the peacemakers time to intercede. Is that not a great thing?

He was laudatory, whether he meant to be or not. And he was wise enough not to throw in criticism of the infield fly rule, which is a very important rule. If you try to explain the infield fly rule to the uninitiated. They almost always lose interest before you can explain it.

About the only criticism I can think of after one reading is that Ben referred to the “casual fan,” Ben, there is no such animal; you are or you are not. Please be careful about any meddling in the game. We’ve just about come to grips with the designated hitter.

Bill Leonard, Onalaska

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