Occasionally, a moderator will complain about a thread straying from the topic of baseball. Recently one moderator claimed that a thread dealing with Carlos Delgado was coming "dangerously close to politics." Aside from the fact that the participants on this thread were never in any kind of danger, the fact remains that baseball is a fascinating subject primarily because it is rarely limited to baseball: it often strays into other realms, such as politics, religion, substance abuse, and constitutional freedoms.
For example, if you were going to talk about Curt Flood, you would inevitably have to discuss his refusal to be traded to the Phillies and his ultimate impact on free agency.
If you were going to write about Barry Bonds or Lenny Dykstra, you would need to discuss the related issues of steroid abuse.
If you were interested in Jackie Robinson, you would have to acknowledge that he was far, far more than his impressive statistics. In other words, Jackie Robinson transcended baseball, and you would be foolish not to acknowledge how powerful an influence he has been in all areas of civil rights. How can politics be ignored when Jackie Robinson is being discussed? How can one ignore the vicious kinds of discrimination he faced off the field as well as on?
How is it possible for a series of baseball forums to ignore the impact of the game on non-baseball areas?
In the future, shouldn't it be obvious that it may not be justifiable to delete a thread on the grounds that it has nothing to do with baseball? Baseball's grandeur partly stems from the fact that it is a game that is far greater than the sum of its parts. And one of the pleasures of discussing baseball is to discover those other areas where baseball can take us.