I initially defended Willits' decision to transform his bedroom into a batting cage on the grounds that it allows him to spend more time with his spouse than the average professional athlete. When the thread turned to divorce rates in academia, I discovered the actual reason for my defense.
Here's my desk:
Here's the bookshelf to my left:
There's another bookshelf behind me, still another to my right. Yet were I to turn around, like as not I'd see something like this:
Because my office is conveniently located in my bedroom. The
Willits' arrangement seems natural because professional athletes share
academics' engulfing commitment to their trade. A batting cage in the
bedroom is no different than an office, inasmuch as both reflect how
all-consuming both careers are. That said, in a perfect world, I'd
have both a batting cage and an office in my bedroom, what with the former being my preferred means of relieving the stress produced in the latter.