From the April 2014 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Play ball!

In 1993, when I had only 150 days sober, I got the old desire to take in a ball game, so I went to Cleveland.

Even though I’d been going to lots of AA meetings, I asked for advice. Some members told me I had no business going to a place where they served beer, but most agreed that if my purpose was to enjoy a game, and I had a strong desire to stay away from alcohol, then I should go and enjoy. And that I did!

I was...