Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Baseball Season

Do you know what I hate? Baseball. America's sport? My ass. The most popular sport in America is football. For obvious reasons. What? The reasons aren't obvious to you? I'll list a few.

1) In football, each game is meaningful.
In the NFL, every game counts. One loss can make the difference between being in the playoffs and watching them. In college football, the games mean even more. You almost always have to go undefeated to win the National Championship. In Major League Baseball you can suffer through 10 or 12 game losing streaks and still make the playoffs or win a championship. Day-to-day in MLB there is nothing at stake. Why would I bother to tune in?

2) Baseball is boring.
For the majority of every single baseball game there are only three people directly involved with the play - the pitcher, catcher and hitter. Even when the ball is put in play, there is usually only one or two more players involved in making the play. The most action you'll ever see on the field is is a 6-4-3 double play. In football, all 11 guys are involved in making every play. A breakdown in one assignment breaks the play. Not to mention the fact that huge men slamming into one another is always more impressive then seven guys standing around waiting for something to happen.

3) You don't have to be athletic to play baseball.
John Kruk. David Wells. Kirby Puckett. Hand-eye coordination will do just fine, thank you. Just like golf.

4) If it gets a little rainy, they stop playing.
Rain, sleet, snow, wind? The game goes on if it's on the gridiron. Remember this year's Super Bowl? If it rains like that during game seven of the World Series all you get to see is a lot of tarps and dugout shots. Suck it up, fellas.

I could go on and on, but I won't. Regardless, I don't cherish Opening Day like most guys (and girls) in America. In fact, I hate it because it means that any stories about America's Real Game (read: football) will be buried on the back pages of the websites I visit. That's way too many clicks for me.

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