He has a terrific piece in today's WaPo about umpires, which I can't recommend highly enough.
The whole thing is great but this particular bit is priceless.
"Sport -- strenuous exertion structured and restrained by rules -- replicates the challenges of political freedom. Umpires, baseball's judicial branch, embody what any society always needs and what America, in its current financial disarray, craves -- regulated striving that, by preventing ordered competition from descending into chaos, enables excellence to prevail."
I'm swooning. Enjoy.