"It is good
to be recognized," says the man, bowing slightly. "This was a
propitious time for a visit. There are more stirrings in this area than I've
seen in a hundred years. Time is cracked and splintered, making passage here
asks Mott, "do you want to watch baseball?"
it, too," answers Leonardo da Vinci, "in 1506, to be exact.
Unfortunately, I lived in a nation of boccie players. It took more than 350
years for baseball to become popular. By that time, my name was no longer
associated with it."
forgive us, sir, but we must get on with the game. You might care to sit behind
home plate—that is the best vantage place."
that," says Leonardo.
And for an hour
or more, as the fog rolls across the outfield and a tingling rain pelts all
present, the game goes on. Leonardo paces the third base line, making notes in
a bound book.
envisioned better weather," he says, as his assistant prepares the balloon
too," says Klem. "You've arrived at an unusual time in baseball
history. But tell me, are you satisfied with what you have seen?"
Leonardo da Vinci
smiles. "It took me years of calculations to get the distances just right.
I'm pleased that it works in practical application as well as on paper. I think
the game has some future."
"So do we,
sir," says Bill Klem. "So do we."