These old ballparks are like cathedrals in America. We don’t have big old Gothic cathedrals like they do in Europe. But we got baseball parks. - Jimmy Buffett
There are temples and holy sites in other countries that are still used today. Meanwhile, we decide to turn these sites into museums and they fall out of use. Ballparks are the only holy sites that we still frequent, the only places in America where you follow the same footsteps as the many generations before you, and the many generations that will follow after.
While we erase our histories of genocide and institutional racism by renaming public schools and disavowing those who wave confederate flags, our ballparks carry those histories both in shame and in glorious renewal. Jackie Robinson played at Fenway and Wrigley; not at Rosa Parks Elementary.
Jimmy Buffett didn’t know how right he was.