Spring training is a time of hope for many baseball fans. It is also a time of tremendously silly whimsy.
Two Chicago White Sox pitchers provided plenty of the latter over the weekend when Ryan Burr and Ian Hamilton teamed up to rewrite a bit of history. According to Chuck Garfien of NBC Sports Chicago, the two pitchers dressed up and recreated the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in front of teammates.
If you haven’t seen Hamilton or don’t know your early US history, Hamilton — an influential founding father and first Treasury Secretary under George Washington — was killed in a duel by Burr — rival politician and vice president under Thomas Jefferson — during a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey, on July 11, 1804.
But this time, Hamilton didn’t get shot. In fact, the two pitchers reconciled.
“Today we rewrote history,” White Sox pitcher Ryan Burr said. “We went back in time and revisited the duel and changed the outcome a little bit.”
“We came together, it was all about unity at the end,” fellow White Sox pitcher Ian Hamilton said. “That’s basically the moral of the story. Don’t fight each other. Come together.”
It doesn’t make Alexander Hamilton any less dead as a result of Burr’s gunshot, but it is a nice thought. In any event, both politicians would be dead by now anyway.