The 2019 baseball season opens April 6. I am a HUGE fan of baseball which led me to this blog post about why Americans are in love with the game.
- History of the game.
Columnist George F. Will has said, “Baseball is a habit. The slowly rising crescendo of each game, the rhythm of the long season—these are the essentials and they are remarkably unchanged over nearly a century and a half. Of how many American institutions can that be said?” This history brings us together and unites us around a past time that has been here through thick and thin. It hasn’t become mired in political controversy. Baseball lets us put aside our troubles and simply enjoy the game.
Yes, football has its tailgate parties but there is nothing like sitting in the stands of a baseball stadium listening to the concessioners shouting out, “Peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jacks.” And what is better than a beer and hot dog on a warm summer afternoon.
- Summer Game
Many of us would rather sit in the stands on a warm summer day rather than sit in stands on a 30 degree day in winter. Calling it a summer game is not terribly accurate however. The season runs from spring into the fall allowing us to enjoy it for half the year.
- No time Limit
Baseball is a game that just gets ‘played’. There are no time outs and no clock to run out. The game is played until a team wins, period. One of the longest games in major league baseball history was a 25-inning affair on May 8, 1984 when the Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6. The game lasted 8 hours and 6 minutes.
- Success Comes in Many Forms
We celebrate the success of a no-hitter game as much we get excited about a home run. If a player hits the ball 7 out of 10 times, he is one of the better players whereas a 30% success rate in most other sports won’t keep you on the team for long.
- Its American
Baseball is as American as apple pie and fireworks on the Fourth of July. “Baseball embodies the American spirit. “It’s about patience (waiting for that good pitch), perseverance (playing through a slump), and seizing any and all opportunities (stealing bases).”
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