PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
I loved baseball when I was a kid. I grew up watching the Detroit Tigers. But the rise of soccer and the baseball strike just turned me off. i'm not too surprised that more people watched the OU/ND game.
I didn't watch one game of the WS.
"Here officer, hold my beer while I find my license."
I don't know that I watched one game of baseball this year, period. It just makes me so...*yawn*...sleepy...zzzzz
Thank God for footbaw!!!
You can kill a fly with your slipper or a cannon. Either way, the fly dies. -Ramzy
@ Buckeyedude if the strike turned you off from baseball, what are your feelings about all of the lockouts recently? I know its only a once every 5-10 year thing depending on the length of contract agreed upon, but it is really turning me off to pro sports in general. It also annoys me that lockouts are becoming more of a standard than an exception. I hope the current trend doesn't continue.
I think baseball's biggest problem is that it isnt conducive to TV. When you watch football on tv, you can see a vast majority of the players at all times. With baseball, you can rarely see more than two. It takes away the intricacies of the game that make it so special. How are you supposed to watch the center fielder start cheating over as the pitch comes in, because he knows what pitch the pitcher is throwing? To me, its the little things like that that made baseball great.
Baseball's my favorite sport, but I can only stomach about 50 televised games a year (one or two a week). If I could actually go to the ballpark whenever I wanted to, I would be at closer to 100 games a year
I can't watch baseball unless the Tribe are on. That's just the way it works for me.
I can only watch baseball if I am at the game. On TV = Nap Time!
The problem with baseball is the lack of narratives and storylines that matter. My father and people of his generation loved baseball and I watched some of it growing up, but eventually you gravitate towards basketball/football/even soccer. During the regular season for baseball, as far as I can tell, 90% of american sports media is YANKEES/REDSOX aka two teams that spend about a zillion dollars more than some state's GDPs. That just gets old after a while. Not everybody is from Boston or NEW YAHWK. Maybe we just don't GAF. Then, during the playoffs some lesser-payrolled team will ride its pitching or youth to the World Series. There are no really compelling characters in baseball anymore (Sorry, A-Rod tabloid crap doesn't count). Look at the NBA with the Lebron story arc and now the Durant arc and the Lakers superteam. Look at the Return of Peyton manning, last year's Tebowmania, Harbaugh's 9ners, etc. And college football ... is the richest in storylines of any sport anywhere. Which is why we love it. Especially for a slow, stat-based, static sport like baseball, storylines matter because they give the otherwise "boring" proceedings a sense of meaning and that of something being at stake. Without it, you're just watching a bunch of millionaires do highly ritualized mini-individual sports, almost. Like watching a dude swim laps or run hurdles by himself over and over again.
I'm sure ppl will disagree, feel free too, etc etc. Just my 2 cents.
Wait, the World Series happened?
Seriously though, I forgot it was going on until I saw the Giants on the front page of ESPN.
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