I've forgotten virtually everything I knew then, cluttering up that closed mind with other, possibly lesser information. Now there is too much to know. But baseball didn't ever really belong to us, to our little cult of worshipers. And while the game has become more of a national pastime than ever, it doesn't belong to the U.S. alone. Increasingly, it is an international pastime.
With this in mind, perhaps it's time for our big league teams to do more for the game internationally than merely take those lazy postseason barnstorming tours to Japan. We have a new baseball commissioner taking office now, a man who carries the credentials of someone worldly-wise. What better time, then, for Bart Giamatti and our professional baseball people to reach out to their confreres around the globe? What better time to form an international baseball organization to encourage increased competition between our big leagues and their counterparts abroad? What better time to lay a solid groundwork for the inevitable: a true World Series of baseball?
I mean, for all we know, there might well be a couple of guys even now rising to their feet and assuming batting stances in some Left Bank bo�te called Le Cheval Rouge or some such. "Regardez, Pierre...la batte comme �a..."—whoosh!