While on a recent trip to Baltimore, I checked “go to a baseball game at Camden Yards” off of my bucket list. This ballpark, the home of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, is one of the most iconic stadiums in America. One of its unique features is a bronze statue of Baltimore native and baseball great Babe Ruth.
Ruth was raised in Baltimore and experienced a particularly harsh upbringing, and so the statue is named “Babe’s Dream” because the artist wanted to depict his dream of one day escaping his childhood and playing in the big leagues. There he stands, gazing off into the future, cleats on his feet and a bat in his hand, dreaming of the day when he will escape the shackles of his life. It’s a beautiful piece of art, really. But the sculpture is merely an image of Ruth, an inexact representation of who and what he really was. READ MORE