love Baseball. Sports, and especially baseball permeate the
fabric of American society. The game is an incredibly important
part of many people’s lives. Americans may be participants
or merely spectators, but from early youth they have always
identified baseball with heroism. The game negates socioeconomic
boundaries. Rich and poor can identify with a particular team,
obliterating the distinction between the different classes.
Some even refer to it as a religion. Baseball has taken a
special place in American mythology and it is distinctly an
say that sports in America masks the greater issue of ignorance,
poverty and racism by bringing together for short periods
of time people from different classes and backgrounds in an
effort to blur their differences and therefore create an illusion
of equality in America. One cannot forget that Baseball is
big business, run by large corporations and wealthy individuals
with lots of discretionary income.
Minor League Baseball retains its simplicity as an American
pastime. Patriotism, apple pie, baseball and the flag go hand
in hand. In simple ways, the Minor Leagues are still “pure”
with the dream of riches distantly on the horizon. Most of
these players are from small towns that nobody has ever heard
of and never will. They play for teams with funny names. Most
of these players will never “make it to the bigs”
and will be forgotten. Many play for the love of the game.
said that Minor League Baseball is democracy in action. It
can be a way up and out of a dead end life – realizing
the dream of being famous, of being on TV, of playing baseball
for millions of people. In these photographs I hope the viewer
can see the pathos, the sadness and joy, the frustration and
exhilaration, and the disarming beauty of baseball in America.
Minor League Baseball is “real” baseball, the
quintessential example of American mythology at its best.