A few weeks ago my grandson said this exact same thing. I took into account his passion was basketball and surmised he watched only a few baseball games each year, if he had to. Jake lives in Oregon and, granted, there’s not a lot to get excited about in Oregon except maybe Oregon Duck football and OSU Beavers during baseball season, and maybe once in a while the Trailblazers.
But having grown up in a baseball family I just don’t get it. I don’t get that others don’t get the athleticism of baseball players, the finesse of a perfectly thrown ball, the artistry of a catch that was so impossible to make, even the opponents keep playing it over and over in the clubhouse the next day. Once-in-a-lifetime stuff. So when I read this comment on Hardball Talks,one of my favorite blogs, I had to ponder again what Jake said, and meant, about baseball not making it more than 5 or 10 years. And to Scott Conray who posted this little ditty, I have to tell you we have not seen baseball’s most famous player yet.
One example, and there are many, is the rookies coming up from the farm teams. These kids are exciting to watch. And they’re winning games. And they’ll continue doing this. If you have any doubt about the fans love for the game read “Casey at the Bat”, again and you’ll get it. The poem was written over 100 years ago with the same passion and fervor that baseball fans still experience every time they watch a great play, a fantastic pitch, an out of the park home run or a rookie walking to the plate making the sign of the cross and blasting it out of the park. And I don’t care which sport you’re passionate about, it just doesn’t get any better than that. In my humble opinion, of course ……
No need to worry. Rumors about the death of baseball are greatly exaggerated. There will always be room for a sport that whose fans appreciate the subtleties of the game – and most of all its non-violent nature. Unfortunately, football mirrors our culture in the same way baseball did back in days of “Sey Hey, Willie”. But trust me, football will run its course. In fact, the end is just beginning now. Beyond all else, baseball is resilient and for proof of that we need only to look at the “movie” that was made – but not “produced” or “directed” – Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. It simply doesn’t get better than that in professional sports.
If football mirrors our culture, I long for the good old days or for the best that’s yet to come. Thanks for the comment Steve.