Nothing but Net

The Case Against Baseball’s Extended Screen

By David A. F. Sweet

Back in the days before U.S. Cellular Park became Guaranteed Rate Field, my two sons, a friend of theirs and I watched the Chicago White Sox take on a forgotten opponent. Our seats were perhaps five rows from the home team’s on-deck circle — but as no one was sitting in the front row, given the White Sox’ hapless nature, we moved there.

During one at-bat, I was chatting with one of my sons, only to turn and see a foul ball whiz perhaps a foot over our heads and between us. We watched every pitch intently…

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David A. F. Sweet is the author of “Three Seconds in Munich” and “Lamar Hunt.” He has served as a columnist for WSJ.com, NBCSports.com and other organizations.

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David A. F. Sweet

David A. F. Sweet

David A. F. Sweet is the author of “Three Seconds in Munich” and “Lamar Hunt.” He has served as a columnist for WSJ.com, NBCSports.com and other organizations.