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America’s Pastime: Past, Present, and Future


-David S.-

Baseball is the greatest sport in the world with the richest history and  is often called America’s pastime.  Why is baseball referred to as our national pastime.  Well…….

Baseball was HUGE in America from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.  It ruled in the sports world.  Everyone knew about baseball and what was going on.  You could have conversation with anyone about it.  It brought the people together. Players consisted of both “regular” guys as well as “larger than life” characters.   People could turn on their radio daily, listen to the game, and have a beer.  How American is that? Baseball is what children did in their free time. There was no technology that kids stared aimlessly at for hours, so they turned to the sport. It brought parents and kids together in playing/teaching moments.

Baseball, was something the country looked up to in a way.  There was nothing else like it.  It was a source of great entertainment.  The 1919 Black Sox scandal was devastating to its reputation.  This in a way put a black mark on something everyone loved. The country was upset.  Baseball was saved when Babe Ruth took the league by storm when he was sold to the Yankees in 1919, making the most intense rivalry in sports, the Red Sox vs. Yankees.  Lou Gehrig was adored by the country.  When he was diagnosed with ALS, the country surrounded him and loved him.  No sport brought us together like baseball.  Douglas Walop wrote, ”America was the land of opportunity where even a poor boy could grow up to be Babe Ruth.”  This shows that people could aspire to become a ball player no matter the circumstances.  It was a reachable goal. The game inspired and gave people hope.

When any player now days is caught using performance enhancing drugs, there is huge uproar of disgust and disappointment.  Everyone talks about baseball being ruined and what it means for the future of the sport.  This is just not the same about other sports.  There is a certain uniqueness and pride about this sport that holds itself to a higher standard.

Baseball stood as a pillar of strength through wars and the Great Depression.  It is something that is always there for you, past, present, and future.  It is a sport that cannot be won by one single person, it revolves immensely around teamwork.  Baseball brings our country together, whether it’s cheering for an underdog or a superstar. Back in the day, baseball was pretty much only an American sport.  I believe this gave us a source of patriotic American pride. Newsflash:  Patriotic American Pride is a Good thing!!!

Life is comparable to baseball: “the highs, the lows, the balls, the strikes.”  There is always tomorrow and a second chance.  Times may be going tough for someone,  like a player in baseball, a slump.  Then, things could start looking upward, like a hit or start of a hot streak.

There is no other sport that compares to baseball. I feel like it was the first and is the last great family form of sports entertainment.  Even though it may not have the highest TV ratings anymore, it’s rich history keeps it our national pastime.

The Stage is Set For Number 109!


-David S-

The stage is set for World Series 2013, number 109!  I will despise the Cardinals as they take on the Red Sox.  Regardless, this will be a series for the ages!

Here’s a post for Mark Newman at http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/.

Sadly Mark, I have no cherished World Series memories because the Brewers have yet to make it in my lifetime.   I don’t think it’s coming anytime soon either.  I do have a postseason memory though.  NLDS game 5, Diamondbacks versus Brewers.  T-Plush (Nyjer Morgan, his wacky alter-ego :)) batting with a 2-2 count in the bottom of the tenth.  Me, at the ripe old age of 11,  sitting in the left field bleachers becoming an absolute nervous TRAINWRECK.  I was literally shaking. Then, the amazing thing happened!  T-Plush rips one up the middle and the BREWERS WIN!!!!  THE BREWERS ARE MOVIN ON!!!  ONLY 5 GAMES AWAY FROM THE WORLD SERIES.  Baseball is back in Milwaukee!!   Then the Brewers would advance to face the Cardinals….yes, the Cardinals, our arch nemesis.   This series made my hatred of the Cards so much more intense.  We would get whooped and the Cards would move on and eventually advance to the World Series.  My tears of happiness switched to tears of absolute despair.

This  will be a great series to watch!  These two teams definitely deserve to be here.

I have a horrible prediction.  It’s hard for me to admit, but the Cardinals will defeat the Red Sox for their 12th World Championship.  What’s worse is that I will have to listen to the broadcasters and their love affair with Yadier Molina and “the gold plate on his chest symbolizing a Golden Glove winner……blah, blah, blah.”

The Cardinals pitching staff is just too good.  Their offense isn’t too shabby, it’s one of the best.  The Cardinals literally don’t’ have any holes in their pitching staff.  All of these young pitchers don’t seem to be effected by postseason nerves as far as I can tell.  Another big difference maker is the return of Allen Craig.  He’ll be added to the roster tomorrow most likely and is coming back from his injury.  Craig could be used as a DH to add yet another weapon for the Cardinals.

The Red Sox are very good with much talent, but I don’t think they can beat the Cardinals.  On the Sox, I’m really looking forward to seeing how youngster Xander Bogaerts will do.  He is the youngest player to start a postseason game since Babe Ruth.  I’m rooting for the RED SOX and hope Big Papi will shine!!! This is one time when I hope my prediction is wrong!

Who do you think will pull out ahead?  Who are the game changers?  Share your great postseason memories!

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