Over the weekend Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins said that his monthlong stint at Triple-A was “like jail.” Um, no. Ted Berg, in a great piece over at USA Today, explains what playing baseball in jail is really like. Specifically, playing baseball at San Quentin prison:
Inmates can forget where they are during games, too. That’s why most of them play.
“It’s an escape from the norm of prison: The controlled environment, feeling oppressed,” said Ke Lam, a 38-year-old who has spent his entire adult life behind bars after killing someone in a gang fight when he was 17. “This is a place where I can actually feel free.”
“Baseball has a funny way of equalizing things,” said Damon Cooke, a 50-year-old financial consultant and Giants first baseman who has spent 25 years in prison for attempted murder. “It’s just a normal setting.”
Ted played in a game against the inmates and tells the story of the baseball program and his game. Excellent, must-read material.