Season’s End

View from the third base coach's boxHigh school baseball seasons in New England are painfully short. This one began with deep snow in March and ended with heavy rain in May, washing out our last — and most eagerly anticipated — game of the year, against our biggest rival. Today, at season’s end, a little sadness, and much gratitude for the players, fellow coaches, and grounds crew, who made this brief season so memorable. We’ll get ’em next year.

Photograph by the author. View from the third base coach’s box at our home field, where I pace, and pace, and pace, minding runners and flashing signs.

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson teaches religion, ethics, philosophy, and human rights at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He is the author of *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and nonfiction essays about Bosnia for the Canadian literary magazine *Numero Cinq*. Born in 1975 in Olean, NY, he earned the Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in American religious history. He writes, teaches, and lectures about religion in America, popular culture, Mormonism, and Bosnia. He lives in Exeter with his partner, Alexis Simpson, and their two children.
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2 Responses to Season’s End

  1. Rick Simpson says:

    Congrats to the team, your fellow coaches, and the third-base guy for logging another season, Tom. Speaking of third-base coaches, have you seen clips of yesterday’s game-ending play involving our favorite speeding oxymoron, Angel Pagan, and his third-base coach Tim Flannery as Pagan sped around the bases to win yesterday’s Giants-Rockies game in the 10th? If you haven’t seen it, watch Flannery. Big fun.



    • Tom Simpson says:

      Oh, wow, he almost beat Pagan to the plate! I love it! I see that he also got fired up (justifiably) about the phantom tag on Scutaro at third earlier in the game. That coach’s box is an exciting place to be, I’m tellin’ ya.

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