While on a flight to Seattle-Tacoma on Northwest Airlines, the cover story on the airline's magazine was "Baseball Pilgrimage: Touring the Heartland's Greatest Baseball shrines," in which the writer, Olivia Herstein, plots "the ultimate baseball pilgrimage across the Midwest, stopping at several crown jewels among the region's beloved major and minor league ballparks." The parks? Comerica Park, in Detroit; Victory Field in Indianapolis, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, and Miller Park, in Milwaukee.
Do some Americans define their life-journey through and by the practices of baseball? Um, yes.