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Hashish and Baseball: A Match Made in Hash (& Baseball) Heaven

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

While it may come as a small surprise to some, my obsession with hashish began long after baseball. Born in Reading, PA, raised to bleed green (love the Eagles to death) and live and die with the Phillies, it's my lifelong curse...

[I Cried when this happened. What a memory. 😂 HR off the Phillies closer Mitch "The Wild Thing" Williams in 1993-94]

Before the heartbreaking moment (above) in 1993-94, watching Mitch "the Wild Thing" Williams (yes the real Wild Thing), get taken yard by Toronto's Joe Carter to lose game six and subsequently game 7, my searing loyalty to the Phillies was set in stone. This passion and pain, matched only in memory by the Eagles and their mis-hold and missed chip-shot against the Cowboys on Monday night, etched trauma's in my young sports psyche that would last right up until Super Bowl 52.

[I Cried when this happened too. 😂]

Traumas that make the 2023 Phillies all the more inspiring with their season long celebration, an unspoken (and unofficial) nod back to the film that galvanized our very own “Wild Thing”. Poetic justice? I'd say so.

[Marbles or Huevos celebration is a 2023 Phillies mainstay in celebratory affairs]

While professional sports and hashish may seem like polar opposites, the two have been making miracles and enhancing each other throughout my adult life. And while smoking before watching games increases the pleasure and heightens the intensity, hash and baseball are truly a match made in heaven. Let me explain...

[Enjoy Kyle Schwarber's "Huevos" or "Marbles" Celebration. The Phil's season long standard celebration is hilarious.]

In his 1990 book, “Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball,” George F. Will, the conservative columnist and long-suffering fan of the Chicago Cubs, sums up the sport’s cerebral nature:

Baseball is as much a mental contest as a physical one. The pace of action is relentless: There is barely enough time between pitches for all the thinking that is required, and that the best players do, in processing the changing information about the crucial variables.

And the game is far more relentless than ever before with the 15 second pitch clock now hurrying pitchers and batters. Baseball is the purists sport. It is the thinking man's style of sporting action, the cerebral nature of a perfectly designed game, allows for endless lines of inquiry and a never ending list of strategies. The decisions, the options, the choices, and variables of each and every play, keep the thinking fan thoroughly engaged, while providing space needed to take another dab. Just as cannabis provides enhanced perspective, it helps to see between the lines if you will, into the battles that play out before and during every pitch thrown.

phillies big balls celebration
JT with Big Balls.

In his landmark 1912 book "Pinching in a Pinch", Stacy Mathewson asserted, “To be a successful pitcher in the Big Leagues, a man must have the head and the arm.” Situational pitching is as important as pure skill. Take a Phillie favorite from the 2008 World Series team who happened to throw out the first pitch of the 2023 Wild Card clinching game: Jaime Moyer. In his forties and throwing nothing over 80 mph, he dominated and helped the Phillies secure the first major sports championship in my lifetime in 2008. “It is in a pinch that the pitcher shows whether or not he is a Big Leaguer,” Mathewson writes. “He must have something besides curves then. He needs a head, and he has to use it.” This is exactly how and why Moyer found success and why hash and baseball pair so perfectly. The sport is wrinkled with great intellectual stories.

[Jaime Moyer throwing 75mph heat-seaking missiles in 2008]

The never-ending list of variables, choices, and decisions that must be made throughout a ball game, enhanced by the cerebral effects of the cannabis plant, are what make for a match made in heaven. The more you understand the game the more that is happening before and during every play. A seemingly dull and mundane game can have a nearly endless list of "games inside the game" playing out in real-time. The more perceptive one is to the finer aspects of the game, the more intense and relentless the intellectual competition becomes. Hash is well-suited in elevating one's perception to the finer lines of strategy within a game and no other major sport can even begin to compare.