Ames listens to a lot of baseball games. He also listens to a lot of people.
Ames's grandfather takes him to see Bud Fowler play. The game is interrupted by a thunderstorm. Ames assumes that this has some divine meaning in relation to his grandfather, but he isn't sure what it is.
Soon thereafter, Ames's grandfather returns to Kansas, where he'd been involved with John Brown.
Walking away from his own father's grave, Ames's father comments on the naturalness of the sun and moon's alignment. He isn't one to talk of modern-day miracles.
Ames had felt assurance and joy at the vision.
Ames's grandfather had told him about a vision of the Lord he had at the age of sixteen.
Ames's father says it was the times.
Here we get the grandfather's core ethic of life: be useful. Ames respects this view.
Back in the present, so to speak, Ames sways as a song plays on the radio. His wife sees him and shows him how to dance.
Ames's wife wishes he were not so old. It's a wish Ames shares.