Eston Williams: against baseball

Eston Williams, Reporter

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Sometimes, I will watch as my grandpa intensely stares at a baseball game on T.V, and when I see the passion he has for such a meaningless activity, I die a little bit on the inside. I just don’t see how anyone could find baseball engaging in the slightest. From an onlookers perspective, progress within the individual games feels overwhelmingly lethargic- simply put: not many things happen. Just dudes hitting balls with sticks over and over, running from base to base, doing the same thing, again and again.

The most entertainment I can ever get out of the game is observing as balls fly aimlessly into the grandstands and watch as spectors battle over who is to claim the prized leather spheres as their own. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of skill required to perform well in this sport, but that’s sort of true with anything played “professionally”. My gripe isn’t necessarily with the sport being “boring” perse, it’s with the overwhelming praise granted to the game and its players by the American people as being extremely complex and worth the die-hard dedication.

Not only do I seem to find myself losing interest in baseball year after year, the American people seem to as well. World Series viewership has dropped nearly 40% since its peak in 1986. MLB attendance dropped below 70 million this year, the first time it’s done so in 15 years Along with this, ratings are also observing a similar downward trend as the majority of America has begun to lose interest in this once staple sport.  

Baseball will likely maintain its position as the sport of America for years to come. As time goes on, generation after generation will certainly hear of baseball legends such as the likes of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, while raising their own along the way. Ultimately, the impact baseball has on the American people rides on the shoulders of you, the viewer, the spectator, the one and only saviour of baseball.

Overall, it’s up to you to decide if baseball is still a hit. Whether you see it on the surface, or look beneath it and view it as a thinking man’s game, baseball will still always have and hold weight in American history.

 

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