Out of the Park

It’s that time of the year again. Spring training is over and the regular baseball season has begun. The Boston Red Sox are off to a great start with two big wins in New York against the Yankees. No matter what team you root for, the greatest thing about America’s pastime is the sense of community and excitement it brings. Baseball fans are some of the most passionate around, and I have a feeling that Sox fans like me are going to be the most excited when they play their first home game at Fenway Park next week.

I live fairly close to Fenway on Commonwealth Avenue. It’s convenient because I’m close to the law school and Kenmore Square. Still, the best thing about where I live is that it’s only a short walk from the oldest ballpark in the country. Not only is there a lot of history in the area, but there’s also plenty of sports bars for those nights when tickets are sold out and you still want to watch the Red Sox play. OnĀ  days when there’s a home game Yawkey Way is packed with Sox fans that are either trying to get into the stadium or just having a good time.

I’ve been inside Fenway Park a few times, and each time you’re there it feels like you’re truly part of something special. The Red Sox are more than just a baseball team; they’re a symbol for both the enduring legacy of the sport and the city of Boston. Over time I’ve come to understand why Red Sox fans support their team with so much energy and enthusiasm. It’s because the Red Sox have always been there supporting them by giving them something to look forward to and something to look back on.

As with many things, it’s easy to draw a comparison between baseball and law school. Baseball is a very numbers-driven sport. Players are judged by a variety of percentages and statistics play a huge role in how teams are put together. Numbers can play a big part in law school as well. Scores, stats, rankings; they all factor into the calculations that ultimately result in important decisions.

Even with all the numbers, though, there are things that set certain players apart from the rest. Just think about David “Big Papi” Ortiz or Dustin “The Laser Show” Pedroia. They are both good players in their own right, but there’s something unique about them that makes them such a hit with the fans. It’s something you can’t really quantify. The experiences you have both before and during law school have the same effect; they make you stand out in ways that numbers can’t.

Many great players spent a long time in a minor league before they made it to the major leagues. Likewise, you’ve got to spend a long time learning the law before you can practice the law. Going to a baseball game and going to law school are both memorable experiences. The greatest memories come from being engaged while you’re there. Live in the moment and make the most of the time you have so it will be something worth remembering.

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