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How can Richard see the ball field?

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camaro | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 25, 2013 at 7:28 PM via web

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How can Richard see the ball field?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 26, 2013 at 12:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Initially, Richard cannot see the ball field.  He does not believe. Even though his girlfriend is a believer in that which is not there and someone who "sees" what is not evident to others, Richard does not believe in the baseball field.  Part of this stems from his anger with his father, who loved the game.  Richard and Ray have not seen one another since Richard left home in a fight with his father.  Richard's anger and bitterness at so much in life prevents him from seeing the field.

Richard comes to learn how to see the field by letting go of his anger. He recognizes that there is something more present and there is a spiritual dimension of "sight" that he lacks.  In recognizing that he needs to let go of his anger regarding the past, he has his second chance and learns from Ray how to see the baseball field.  He cannot see it, at first. Yet, he learns how to see it as he lets go of his anger into a domain of redemption.  Richard's narrative demonstrates how the field embodies the idea of second chances and redeeming those who might be irredeemable.

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