Landing a seat in Margaret Creighton's "Red Sox Nation" course at Bates College is nearly as difficult as scoring a playoff ticket at Fenway Park . . . Students are asked to explore baseball's ties to politics, religion, race, gender and class. They examine what fans eat at games, why umpires dress like they do and how rivalries — does the Yankees-Red Sox bad blood sound familiar? — have helped shape regional identities . . .So basically, the curriculum is the equivalent of hanging around BTF for a couple of days.
. . . Students debated whether football and NASCAR have supplanted baseball as America's favorite pastime. They recounted their personal recollections of games attended and teams cheered on while growing up. They discussed the class differences between fans with expensive seats behind the dugouts and those who sit in the cheaper bleacher seats. They questioned whether Manny Ramirez represents the American dream, with his reputation as a slacker who at times seems to put himself above his team.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I went to the wrong school: