George Will explains why America’s top conservative commentators love baseball

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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What is it with conservative commentators and baseball?

Some of the most noted conservative opinionators love the sport with a passion that can sometimes be mistaken for lunacy. During The Daily Caller’s interview with legendary conservative commentator George Will about his new book on baseball, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred,” we asked him to explain the connection, if any, between conservatism and baseball.

“Conservatism is about facts and realism, and baseball is rich in facts,” he explained.”Baseball is the sport that most rewards knowing lots about it. You can enjoy the NBA without knowing very much about basketball because of the sheer balletic extraordinariness of the athletes who play it. You can enjoy football for the sheer spectacle of it. Baseball it really helps to know what’s going on.”

“So I think conservatives are people who want to understand things,” he continued. “Conservatives are the world’s foremost empiricists. They are interested in facts, data. Baseball is rich in that.”

Last week, TheDC sat down with Will in his Washington office for an extensive interview about politics, culture and his new book. Over the next several weeks, TheDC will be featuring segments of the interview. You can find the previous segments below:

George Will on whether Obamacare can be repealed

George Will on Stephen Colbert 

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