There is no question that baseball is a well-loved game. Perhaps in the same level or even more than basketball or football. Have you ever noticed that baseball is that only sport that forces a winning team to continue playing until the game is over? Consider this, in basketball, the winning team can simply dribble out the game clock. With football, players take a knee when there is enough lead to get a win. With baseball, it does not matter how big the lead is, every team is required to play out the game until the last inning. Is this what makes baseball so great?
One of the known quotes about how great baseball is comes from Steve Wright. He said, “I was in Little League. I was on first base-I stole third base. I ran straight across the diamond. Earlier in the week, I learned the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. I argue with the umpire that second base was out of my way."
In baseball, the runs make the games exciting. Running straight to first trying to beat a throw will truly get your adrenalin going. Trying to get to second with a runner there is another interesting scenario that, when properly done, can result in a double steal.
And what about the home run? Surely anybody who was been to a baseball game can feel the electricity in the ballpark when the home team hits a home run. This may be one of the most awesome scoring opportunities in any sport. Why? How many basketball or football fans were able to catch or take home a winning ball?
In baseball, the home run practically gives someone in the crowd a chance to take home a historic souvenir of the game. Have you noticed that home run is never used as a bad metaphor?
Leo Durocher said, "I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes." This does not happen in every baseball game, but it does happen a lot. The thing is that despite questioning calls, the integrity of the umpires are never called into question.
Of course, a bad call by the umpire can be considered as a great call by the manager of the other team. In fact, sometimes thinking that umpires are as blind as a bat extends even to the fans – who are considered as the most loyal ever.
The relationship of baseball fans to their team is truly unique in such a way that many fans have remained loyal even when their team has never won anything. These loyal fans that come every game cheering their team and praying for a miracle may howl and boo what they think is a bad call, but you will never hear them say that they believe that the umpire has been paid to ensure that their team loses.
Funny as it may sound, but loyal baseball fans would rather believe superstitions instead of questioning the integrity of the umpires. Remember the “Curse of the Bambino” for the Boston Red Sox?
With baseball, you can expect that there will always be history in the making. Not only for the teams, but the fans as well. Every baseball season, there are records that are set and crushed. Even the lackluster performance of teams are chronicled and made part of the sport’s history.
Take the Cubs for example, they didn’t have just a bad season, they had a bad century! As Tom Trebelhorn said, "The last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908. The last time they were in one was 1945. Hey, any team can have a bad century."
This is one of the quotes about how great baseball is. Why? Because there is no other sport that gives value to history as this one. And this quote is quite accurate because exactly 100 years after the Cubs won their last World Series, they did great during the regular season. This made them favorites to snatch the National League and perhaps even the World Series. Unfortunately, as history would show, the Cubs were swept by the Dodgers in the first round.
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