So far, this week of February (2/15 – 2/21) I’ve seen a drastic drop in the number of hits I’ve received on my blog. I’m assuming this is because I’ve chosen to talk about baseball during this seven-day period. In case you didn’t know I had dubbed this month, “the month of love” and chose a particular topic I love to talk about each week. The first was DLG, the next was Bunny, this week is about baseball and next week is about boobs. Yes, I’m going to talk about boobs for a whole week. Don’t worry… I’ll be classy about it.
Even though some of my readers have left (for the time being I hope) I still will plug along and talk about baseball. I’ve never wanted to segregate this blog on any ONE topic and I enjoy challenging myself to write about a wide spectrum of things.
So, I’m not going to take this opportunity to write an essay as to why baseball is better than football because frankly… I don’t want to. I’ll let George Carlin do it:
Baseball is a sport where your athleticism isn’t used physically against the other team. Baseball uses finesse, incredible talent, deep strategy and a special kind of mentality that can only be used within the confines of the players own skin. What I mean is that while other sports require physicality against the other team in order to win, winning a baseball game lies in the mind and talent of all the players and the team as a unit.
In football, you have to violently tackle the other team to prevent them from scoring. It also helps if you’re biceps are the size of soccer balls and/or a descendent of Andre the Giant.
In basketball, you have to put physical pressure against the other team to steal the ball or prevent them from scoring. It also helps if you’re taller than an oak tree.
In hockey, you’ll get your teeth knocked out if you’re in the general vicinity of the puck. It also helps if you grew up in Canada where you skated to school.
In baseball, while there is occasional physical contact, it doesn’t require you to bring physical harm against the other team. It all lies in how hard you work and how talented and mentally tough you are. I’m not saying that the other sports don’t require hard work, talent and mental toughness… I’m just saying that baseball requires the most of all these things.
While it would be fun to tackle the pitcher if you couldn’t hit his breaking pitch… you can’t. You gotta stand up there and make an adjustment and figure out how to scratch out a hit.
While it would be fun if you could prevent the other teams power hitter from jacking a grand slam off you by getting your teammates to crowd him at the plate and put extra pressure on him… you can’t. You gotta stand in there and throw him your best stuff.
Baseball, while being “violent” at times, requires you to use more brains and strategy than muscles.
The great Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical” and I couldn’t agree with him more. That’s what makes baseball great.
Quite frankly, I’m a bit giddy. When this time of year comes around, I start to get excited because baseball is on my brain. Springtime is a time or rebirth when the world comes out of it’s seemingly eternal slumber back to life. Spring training begins and baseball rises from the ashes of yesteryear and new hopes spring eternal in the hearts of each teams die-hard fans (even Pittsburgh ones) for the ultimate goal: a World Series Championship.
For me, it is going to be hard to repeat last seasons heroics by my Texas Rangers. They went all the way to the World Series and even though they lost… it was hard to be too disappointed. Nevertheless, I was saddened by their inaugural failed attempt at a World Championship.
With a new season though comes new hope.
Is baseball better than football? I think so.
2010 AL Champions. 2011 World Series Champions? I don’t know… has a nice ring to it…
What about you? What do you think?