If you are not a baseball fan and you observe how much Americans love the game, you might think that the whole adulation on this sport is over rated. That could be your point of view being a non-follower but if you belong to the circle of American fans that have lived with the sport since they could remember from their childhood, you will certainly change your mind.
Fans Captivated by Baseball
Die-hard baseball fans spend considerable time checking out schedules of games as well as game results in order to keep themselves updated with their much loved sport. There are those who go all the way in keeping records of the Major League Baseball (MLB) scores across America. For many true-blue fans, their breakfast is not complete without reading news on the season events especially when their teams were in the field in recent games. There is usually a joke that goes around among baseball aficionados that when there is a game, especially if it is the World Series, their world literally stops turning as they are glued before their television for the blow by blow coverage. On the other hand, when a game is happening in a nearby stadium, a lot of fans try to arrange their schedule to ensure they have time to take a trip to the venue.
Sport with a Story
According to baseball followers, each game offers a kind of thrill that runs through the spine of spectators particularly when their favorite player scores a home run or is able to bat the ball with such precision that there is no miss in the pitching side. When compared to other ball games, baseball has a distinct “story” to tell, and with drama and suspense to boot. Since a play-by-play action is staged during the game, people have enough time to catch their breath after buying some hotdogs or relieving themselves in the restrooms.
Not a Predictable Game
Baseball is not a predictable game in which you have an idea early on as to which player will score high. The truth is, there are no star players in baseball because it is more of teamwork where everyone has a part to play. There is no room for greed in baseball fields inasmuch as every player strives to obtain a score for the entire team, not only for himself. Hence, the suspense, drama and story that baseball holds are more than enough reasons why people get so attached to it that they will sacrifice even a day of work just to watch championship games.
The effort that players put up in order to maintain teamwork is remarkable. In baseball, equal play is often observed such that the players are able to give their respective contribution to the game. Everyone gets the opportunity to hit a homerun or to bat without eclipsing the others. It does not matter if a player is known for his speed and perfect pitching. He only gets the chance to pitch when the situation calls for it. In basketball, a rookie may snatch the ball many times from the rival player and then score a point by shooting it to the goal. There is no limit, as long as there is an open chance, he can score as many points as he can. In baseball on the other hand, players respect each other’s right to participate in the whole game. Each one shares the limelight. All of the players are superstars in their own right because the performance of their teams is the result of team play and cooperation.
Characteristic of America
Because baseball gives an equal chance to each player, sports critics say that the game is so characteristic of America. It is, after all, an American game. Furthermore, America is known as the land of the free where people are given equal opportunities regardless of race, sex, physical condition, education and social status. The same concept applies with baseball where every player gets an equal chance to prove his worth. Heroism in baseball is a collective idea and is not assigned to just one or two members. When the team wins, it is to everyone’s credit. When it loses, it is also an indication of team’s weakness, which serves as a reminder that for victory to be achieved, the team must work tightly together. Even when a player sees a chance to stand out in a game, he usually sacrifices his own heroism if necessary so that the objective of fair play is achieved.
Playing a Symphony
Baseball can also be likened to an orchestra that plays a classic symphony to entertain its audience. The coach is the conductor while the players are the musicians with a particular instrument to play. Baseball players have their own designated positions and acts to carry out in every game. When an orchestra strikes the first note, the music commences and the audience gets mesmerized. When a baseball player gives the first throw, the game starts and the spectators start following the players’ act and move – much like when they are watching a dance and music routine from beginning to end. There are intermissions, of course, in order to give the audience time to pause and catch their breaths in the middle of a heart-stopping game. And in those breaks – you will hear loud chatters from the enthusiasts as they analyze the finished parts of the game and possibly predict the succeeding scenario.
To the Last Minute
In a close baseball match, there is no way of telling as to which team will finally make it to the scoreboards. There can be surprising twists even to the last minute of the game. Will the underdogs be given time to redeem themselves in the finale? Will there be a new champion? Nobody can really tell until the final scores are flashed on the giant monitors. And when finally the game ends, the audience leaves the stadium one by one with high spirits even if their favorite team does not make it. After all, all is fair in a baseball game.