Quotation by Vanalyne Green

Mother baseball. I enjoy speculating about its bloody beginnings as a fertility rite. Funny that with all the verbiage about the sport no one mentions the obvious structural relationship between a baseball stadium and a womb: in design, a stadium is both a circle and a "Y," two notorious female symbols. The curved and sloping shape of the stands is like a plush endometrium in which we fans cozy up to watch a lone batter square off against the universe.... I especially like to think about that when announcers describe players' bats as fast, corked, dead, quiet, live, or as loaded barrels—and pitches as high hard ones.
Vanalyne Green, U.S. video artist. Originally published in M/E/A/N/I/N/G #1(December 1986). "Mother Baseball," Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend: Women Writers on Baseball, Faber and Faber (1994).
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