Like all of our most interesting inventions, baseball is a source of infinite variety. That variety is the inspiration for the Perfect Season Project.
Baseball, particularly the Cleveland Indians, have been a constant presence in my life, particularly on the radio. The soundtrack of every summer has been Herb Score and Tom Hamilton–out after out, game after game, season after season as the background to housework, gardening, fishing, and so much driving.
After all those years of watching and listening to baseball, each moment holds the promise of something unique in this quirky game–the only spectator sport in which the defense has possession of the ball. Baseball is brilliant because there are an infinite number of outcomes possible in every pitch, every play, every game. Every moment spent following baseball has the potential to reveal something baffling, amazing, or never before seen.
Baseball is particularly suited to the long arc of history. We often read about records broken after 100 years or more. Unlikely streaks and seemingly impossible outcomes that occur nonetheless, played out for our enjoyment on grass and dirt. Baseball invites comparison, debate, and is best enjoyed across generations.
This Project answers two questions: What if something amazing happened every day? And what if the Indians always won?