LIONEL PODCAST: Baseball, Bread & Circuses, the Human Condition and Myriad Miscellany

Think about this. “The trick is growing up without growing old.” Thus spake Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel. Brilliant. As is the game as is the psychology of sports. But its more than that. It’s psychosocial conviviation. Tribal identity. It’s indelibly tattooed to our DNA. Bread and circuses. The Emperor Augustus was keenly aware of this risk of the plebeians rebelling and rising against the ruling class. He was focused on how keep the poorest plebeians happy enough and reasonably well fed so that they would not riot. He began the system of state bribery that the writer Juvenal described as “bread and circuses.” An expedient means of pacifying discontent or diverting attention from a source of grievance. Embrace it. I did and herein report. Meet the Mets. It’s an anthem. It’s a movement.

Mr. Baseball. A man and his tribalism.

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