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The first thing you notice on the cab ride from the airport to downtown Panama City is the skyscrapers. They’re architecturally beautiful, but jumbled together as if there was no plan or consideration for how they might look next to one another.

What you might not notice is that they’re nearly all empty.

Panama, a small Central American country with just 4 million people, has dominated the news in recent weeks.

Perhaps you’ve heard some organic food advocates say, “We should just roll back the clock and farm the way we used to” — before modern science gave us factory farms and genetically modified ingredients.

Others disagree, saying that we’d all starve if we didn’t use science and technology in farming.

It’s a big debate. But maybe the turning of a clock isn’t the right metaphor.

Instead, I thought recently of an old Chinese saying: “Draw snake, add legs.” It refers to when someone gets so carried away in doing something that they carry it too far, ruining it by adding extra, useless things.

They never tell you how much you will miss a simple game. A game that for many will be their first love before that true first love comes along — a game that was invented so long ago that nobody truly knows the exact origin of it.

That simple game would be baseball.

Even though I say it’s a simple game, it is far from the days of the “you throw the ball, catch the ball, and hit the ball” one liner. There are now things called mechanics. There’s pitching mechanics, batting mechanics, and even fielding mechanics. And in this new day and age, baseball comes down to three numbers — batting average, ERA (earned run average), and fielding percentage.



What did you think about President Trump's State of the Union address?
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