On August 23, the night of the Pittsburgh Pirates victory over the Houston Astros, the Pirates looked as if they might have been headed toward the post season backwards, but you know what, some “chuch” folks from the Calvary Baptist Church located in the Hill District, descended on PNC Park and what do you know? The semi-anemic Pirates offense scored four runs in the first inning propelling the Buc’s to a 7-1 win over “George Jetson’s” team.
Now there are many times that even celestial intervention will fall short in assisting the Buc’s in claiming a victory but hey, never sell the power of prayer and God short.
However, I am far more interested in African American families attending and enjoying sporting, entertainment and social events in order to strengthen familial bonds as well as forming bonds with the community-at-large, removing myths and stereotypes about each other just learning to enjoy “the family of man.”
We must now insist that inner-city families lessen their attachment to and dependency on electronic devices and rely on human connections to power their spiritual, mental, intellectual and physical motors. Baseball is just a game but we must remember that the original purpose of games were meant to destress and dilute the negative effect of the drudgery of labor assigned to the lower class.
In every ancient society from the original Greek Olympiads and Roman based events such as chariot racing to games conceptualized and actualized during the industrial revolution, it is a well-known fact that games can unite and excite humans in such a way almost more than any other social or physical activity known. We must remove ourselves from the so-called “purity of the pulpit” and instead create a new and vibrant “sanctuary of life” and limb to provide a foundation for “the experience of humanity.”
Access to the game was provided by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Joel Gray. The attendees of the Pirates/Astros game probably had just a good of a time sampling ballpark food and having access to each other experiencing the comradery amongst themselves as well as their fellow man.
Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.583.6741
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