I could write pages and pages about why you should care about baseball. Not only is it the oldest spectator sport in the nation, it’s a deep, strategic, thinking man’s game that rewards patience, planning, intuition, and risk as much as it does reflexes and athletic ability. It’s one of those games that when you fully understand how it works, you feel even better about it when people brush it off as boring or say they don’t get the appeal; you can see the inner workings and appreciate the sport in all its glory in a way they never will. Although it’s been eclipsed since the 60′s by the pomp and flash of pro football as the highest grossing sport in the nation, baseball’s timeless appeal will always bring you back. Baseball is much less exploitative than football, has much more contented players with better worker relations, less racial tension, and minimal showboating. A burly sipping whiskey and a good cigar is never as good as when you’re lighting it up during the first at-bat or mulling over a pitcher’s duel.
I digress – if you don’t love baseball, chances are you never will. But the (in my opinion real) opening night is tonight, and for the rest of you, here are a few more reasons to give baseball a second thought:
Tune in at 7:00pm ET for the first domestic (i.e. not in Japan) game between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. Should be a great game (plus I have Mark Buehrle pitching for Miami and Lance Berkman hopefully slugging for St Louis on my fantasy team)!