In "National pastime is past its prime" [Opinion, April 3], Jonathan Zimmerman is quick to point out how baseball has its roots planted in the farms and villages of generations long ago. He sees baseball as being stuck in the past. Maybe the past is not a bad place to be.

There is no game clock in baseball! That's not a problem, that's a blessing.

Baseball resists the standardization of modern life? Thank goodness! Ballparks are unique in their looks and reflect their cities. PNC Park is Pittsburgh. Yankee Stadium is New York.

Hunting and fishing are definite signs that our national pastime is living in the past. Really? Maybe it's better that we should keep our heads buried in our smartphones and our tablets?

Baseball has lost its patriotic rationale! Tell that to someone who witnessed Mike Piazza's post-9/11 home run.

As writer Terence Mann says in the film "Field of Dreams," "This field, this game, it's part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again."

Oh, people will come, Jonathan. People will most definitely come.

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Alan Bacci, East Meadow