Why Do We Watch Baseball

I asked the universal mind this question and it directed me to Yahoo Answers.

“Because it’s entertaining and the greatest sport in the world. By the way, I’m incredibly offended by this question. How can you even ask it? I don’t know why I’m even answering it.”

Counter Point:

“Baseball is just as exciting as putting on a pair of dirty socks”

However, this answer was offered by “packerbackerrob” so the cheese mold it derives from asserts the opposite.

We do have to admit that there is probably some truth to this one:

“same reason why people watch nascar racing..who the phuck knows”

I Can Tell What’s Happening On My Cheap Ass Big Ass TV

If you watch football on TV you see quarterback get ball, quarterback throw ball, reicever catch not catch ball, quarterback get ball, quarterback give ball to running back, running back run, running back smashed to ground. It gets the testosterone going but not much else. You don’t see the receiver that was open whom the quarterback didn’t notice, or the tight end who missed or made a blocking assignment, you don’t know that the safety was supposed to come up and help the cornerback but was paralyzed by a brain fart.

With Baseball, until the ball is put in play everything is between the pitcher and hitter. You see every pitch. You know the count. You know if runners are on and the game situation. You are able to think about these things between every pitch. It is a one on one battle that you see every second of.

When the ball is put in play you see the breath taking play by the shortstop and don’t need to wonder if something the center fielder did or didn’t do affected the outcome. There’s no crying in baseball and there’s no hiding.

But There Is Crying In Baseball

You can still watch a baseball game when after a couple of hours of talking to loved ones, crisis units and police departments, you’re already crying in the third inning. You don’t  have to follow the game closely, there’s 162 games and the world won’t end or begin if your team losses or wins this one game.

You can mute the TV and listen to this

To my grandson Mason

God Damn It I’m crying right now and I don’t have a baseball game to watch! See!

A Kaleidoscope of Memories

The best answer at Yahoo was it ‘reminded him of his family’. You don’t have to think about baseball in between pitches. You can visualize the moments and places that redeem the pain

My son and daughter hitting stones with sticks into Lake Superior

The last inning rally at my daughters softball game. You know Tanya, your coach shouldn’t have been trying to get you guys to steal bases when you were down about 8 runs in the last inning. It’s all about not giving up outs.

The time I was pitching to my son, my dad was there watching. I deliberately pitched the ball (a tennis ball) so that it bounced off the top of his head. He started crying but when he saw his dad and grandpa laughing hysterically he stopped crying and started laughing with us.

Digital Fam, you know about my son’s mental illness and how hard things are right now for my flesh and blood Fam, so if I can I’d like to take a moment to talk to them.

Tony, I know you have a laptop and internet access. I hope that you remember that I told you about this website a little while before you stopped talking to me. If God brings you here know that I love you.

Tanya this song is from a movie – How The West Was Won – that I remember seeing when I was about six years old. I hummed it to Raphie in the fall of 2015 when he held me and pulled me through. I don’t hum it to him anymore but he still holds me.

To my family

 

Okay Digital Fam, aside from your masochistic tendencies, why do you watch baseball?

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22 thoughts on “Why Do We Watch Baseball

  1. Tried to comment on my phone but my fingers too fat and eyes too small.

    Basically because I played in LL. Didn’t realize how badly I stunk until after I got glasses (astigmatism much?) and discovered girls. Or they discovered me.

    Still watch. I love to watch.

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  2. Because it is such an easy game to love, and for so many reasons:

    • It is such a mix of contradictions: it is simultaneously fast and slow, laid back and intense, conservative and progressive, a team game that also celebrates the individual.
    • It doesn’t demand constant attention, although it can reward it. It invites conversation among those who watch it, especially live.

    • It has something for everyone; a rich history for those who enjoy that (like me), lots of stats for the math nerds (also like me), and great diversity among those who play it.

    • It is not football, which, as George Will so aptly put it, combines the two worst things in America — violence and committee meetings.

    • It is not basketball, or back-and-forth-and-back-and-forth ball, as our own Old Gator would say.

    But for me, the main reason is this: it has such a gloriously long season, stretching from late February with Spring Training and the anticipation of the year to come, all the way through the triumph and heartbreak of the playoffs that can reach into November. It becomes the background of life, scores are discussed at work, there always seems to be a game on the TV or the radio, it has a wonderful ebb and flow, just like day-to-day life. You din’t need to follow it constantly or religiously — although you can — to enjoy it.

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  3. Who’s that brilliant comedian? Ya know, words you can’t say on TV, etc? He also compared baseball and football. “Baseball is played on a field. Football is played on a gridiron.”

    That piece, contrasting the two sports, perfectly describes why I’m no longer attending or watching football or even checking the news. Suicides, brain injuries, wheelchairs, that’s what we do to our football heroes. I’m sticking to baseball. Baseball is sport, not a metaphor for war. Baseball is incredibly nuanced yet not planned out in every detail. Shit happens, man! I just saw a piece on Yahoo about great defensive moves this season. One that struck me as hilarious was a long ball, batter pausing, holding bat, watching for a moment as his ball went over the fence. Then camera two, as the left fielder ran to the corner, perfectly timed his jump, and snatched the ball out of the air, elbow atop fence. How many times have we seen that? It’s beautifully unpredictable in ways that football will never be. And it happens every day – highly paid, well trained individuals who cannot accurately predict an outcome. Football, on the other hand, has no real unpredictability. Football has plans and decisions trees beyond the ken of any casual viewer. Chance is…impossible. There is only correct execution of duty or lack of same.

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  4. I really started watching because I got divorced. We went to minor league games when I was a kid, and I liked it. My mom’s family was into baseball because my grandpa played, but it was something I mostly followed occasionally. My ex was into basketball, so we watched that more. But, after I got divorced, I started exploring more things that I wanted. I went to concerts. I went to baseball games. And, I found that I liked it more than I remembered. I got an mlbtv subscription so I could watch Tigers games and it became part of my daily life. Come home from work, workout, turn on the game, and eat in front of the tv. On weekends, I’d give myself a pedicure and drink beer with the game on. Or, I’d iron during games — yelling at the bp while I pressed creases. Then, I found an online community of other fans, which is really the best part. At the grocery store, I see a guy in produce with a N.Y. cap on, and I say: yanks, how unfortunate. Or, I see an old guy getting out of a car in a parking lot with a cubs sticker, and I say as I walk past: any team can have a bad century. You can strike up a conversation with a baseball fan so easy. And they all have such good stories. Football fans talk about plays; baseball fans talk about its connections to their relationships and how it’s shaped their lives.

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    • In clumsy attempts at striking up conversations with strangers sporting swag, I find more and more wearing it regard it as some kind of fashion statement and have no clue when I bring up some of the deets about last night’s game..yet there are some who respond in kind with more observational detail than I could ever have hoped to summon. Life (or something like it–baseball maybe?) goes on.

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      • I try to keep it general and short, but on our honeymoon, I did end up in a pickle when 2 old timers started on a baseball rant while paper was waiting in the truck.

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  5. Why do we watch baseball? Here are three great reasons:

    “Baseball? It’s just a game — as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business — and sometimes even religion.” Taken from: http://www.sportingnews.com/us/mlb-news/155323-game-for-all-america

    “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.”
    Taken from: https://mason.gmu.edu/~rmatz/giamatti.html

    “America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.”
    Taken from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBwhjAhNmKA

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