Baseball is a Metaphor

I just made a metaphor about metaphors in the title. Metaphor-ception.

So, here’s the deal. Baseball, more than any other sport, is a tapestry of finely balanced mechanics. The way it works is such an incredibly intricate system, you’d have to be blind to not see a need to compare it to life.

Let’s think about a typical at bat. Both the pitcher and the hitter have their own set of responsibilities. Each have their own reasons to balance being both aggressive and passive. A pitcher will do everything he can to accomplish the goal of striking out the batter, or getting him to swing at a bad pitch and get the batter to pop-up or ground out. The pitcher will do whatever it takes to get that precious out. He much select a pitch from the reaches of his mind, and follow through on those thoughts with his actions on the field.

At the same time, the batter is trying to get in the pitcher’s head. Will he throw a ball? Will he be aggressive and offer a first pitch strike? At the same time, a batter much concentrate on the difficult task of putting a round bat on a round ball going as fast as a person can react. 

If you think baseball is boring, I think you are shallow. I understand WHY you think that, but I believe the only reason you don’t appreciate the intricacies of the game is because you don’t have the attention span or the motivation to understand why baseball is an appropriate metaphor for life.

Life is ALL about figuring people out and, besides God’s big picture, it ALL comes down to the decisions you think are best. Life, like baseball, is ALL about balance. It’s about pursuing avenues of advancement, or holding back patiently. Life is about decisions and performance. Baseball is about decisions and performance. They go hand in hand.



Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.