Hope always swings for the fences

An encounter with optimism, imagination and grace in the great age of cynicism

Originally Published: July 12, 2010
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

No hope.

We might all be forgiven for feeling that way last week, when sports seemed to go off the rails again.

Or at least we were told it had, even if it wasn't true. The vampire press was in a righteous snit over the state of the state of things again. Too "theatrical?" Really? Babe Ruth and Jack Johnson both want to know what the hell you're talking about. We're going to criticize theatricality now? A hundred years after the curtain went up on SPORTS!, ...

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