One of the topics that recurs in August Wilson's play, Fences, is sports, specifically, baseball.  How does Wilson use the idea/metaphor of “three strikes” in the play?    

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Sports, and baseball in particular, have long enjoyed an almost mythological status in American culture. While the off-the-field problems of some players today has degraded that status, during the time period in which August Wilson sets his play, Fences, hero worship directed towards baseball players was at its peak. That Wilson's main protagonist, Troy Maxson, used to be play in the Negro Leagues, the blacks-only baseball league created out of necessity because African American athletes were not welcome in Major League Baseball locker rooms, makes the use of the baseball-as-myth metaphor all the more appropriate.

Within the broad expanse of potential baseball metaphors or analogies, that of the "strike out" is particularly prominent. In baseball, of course, a batter is given a number of opportunities via pitches thrown by an opposing player to swing at the ball and, hopefully, get a hit (preferably but statistically unlikely a home run). The batter, however, can only swing and miss, or fail to...

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