For today’s article I thought I would throw down a little rant as we like to do at Mop Up Duty. This is my ode to baseball and why it is better than every other sport.
Unlike the NHL which changes rules every day it seems, there have been no rule changes since 1908 in baseball (sac-fly rule). I am not including the DH rule in this discussion because it only affects the AL. Why mess with something that is perfect?
You don’t have to be affluent to take part in it. You don’t need a ton of equipment to play – just a bat, a ball, and a glove…. and you can even make the glove out of cardboard.
It gives Dads and sons something to talk about.
Baseball is a game for dreamers. Its ebbs and flows conducive to using your imagination.
Every ballpark is unique.
It is the perfect spectator sport. Plots, subplots, action and breaks in action to talk to your friend.
It is as fun to watch the defensive aspect of the game as it is the offense.
The most exciting plays in sports: The play-at-the-plate and the walkoff HR.
It is both a team sport……. and an individual sport.
Uniforms, like the players who wear them, give us the means to savour the game’s past.
It signifies a rebirth from the death that is winter.
Accuracy & Speed
The mind to take in and readjust to the unexpected
The possession of more than one talent
to work on and harness without special orders
There are virtues that shine in baseball
It is graphic and choreographic
Baseball is a kind of collective chess
With arms and legs in full play, on display
in the sunlight.
Out of the ‘Big 4’ sports (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL) baseball is the only sport where the winning team can’t run out the clock.
You can’t sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You’ve got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.
It is a total sensory experience – the feel of the sun, smell of the grass, a summer breeze, the sound of leather cracking and bats on balls. It definitely beats the sound of squeaking running shoes on a parquet floor.[youtube Yxf000X5G_8]
It may have the finest finesse move in all sports, the 6-4-3 (or 4-6-3) double play.
A team can bring back an era, a player can recreate the sense of a year
Baseball freezes these moments and holds them until you want to think about them
and then they’re released again
and all their youthful energy and vitality as they were
Ballplayers never age in memory
They are always young.
The electicity in the ball park when the ‘closer’ comes in out of the pen. Whether it is Trevor Hoffman coming out to the sounds of “Hells Bells” or Eric Gagne coming out to his ‘Game Over’ routine, the ball park will be rocking when the hired gun comes in to shut things down.
And now I would like to invite you to the mopupduty.com poetry corner. Take off your shoes Mr. Rogers-style, pull up a chair and enjoy.
I leave you now with a treatise by the greatest sportswriter of all time, Joe Posnanski, on Loving Baseball.