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- When Dogen's baseball falls to the ground, it makes him consider things. This is why when it fell, he didn't kill Sayid. This is also why he was bouncing the ball in his office before Jack came in. He was thinking (considering) about something. This may happen because it reminds him of the night that he got drunk and that he should have considered it before he did it.
- When Dogen's baseball falls to the ground, it reminds him of the 'rules' he was bound to when he struck the deal with Jacob for his son's life.
- Dogen's baseball was his constant, like Faraday and Hume had one. When it falls to the ground, the constant is broken, or becomes a variable, like in a baseball game itself.