In 1935, Father Charles Coughlin and other anti-Semites and white supremacists reached a peak of popularity in America. At the same time, the Motor City’s sports teams excelled. What’s not to be proud of?
Baseball is trivial in comparison to whatever Isaiah or Ezekiel were talking about and the stakes of even a very important sporting event are comfortingly low, in the larger sense. Except that baseball isn’t trivial, and the stakes are not low.