For those of us who think baseball is part of American greatness ("May the sun never set on American baseball"—Harry Truman), and who've worried about the declining status of baseball in American life (see Diana Schaub's "America at the Bat" in the Winter 2010 National Affairs), June has been a heartening month.
Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history on June 1; knuckleballer R.A. Dickey came awfully close to repeating the feat Wednesday night; and then Matt Cain threw a perfect game later Wednesday night—one of the best-pitched games in baseball history, featuring a truly spectacular catch by right-fielder Gregor Blanco. And if you're here in D.C., it's been especially fun, with the Nats on a tear, Stephen Strasburg coming back strong from surgery, and 19-year-old Bryce Harper tearing up the league like a young Al Kaline. And then, to top it all off, Harper's invention Tuesday of the expression of the year (at least!), when, responding to a Canadian reporter, he snapped, "That's a clown question, bro!"