Monday, April 1, 2013

Why I Love Baseball...


“I see great things in baseball, It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism, tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set, repair those losses and be a blessing to us” ~Walt Whitman
Today is opening day in baseball. It’s Christmas Day for baseball lovers! 30 teams are beginning their season today with the hopes of playing in the World Series this fall. It’s a clean slate for every single team. A new year...a new start. 

I have always loved baseball more than any other sport. I love the fact that it’s untimed…it’s one of the few sports that doesn’t have a clock. You must make that final play, get that final out, in order to be victorious. I love the relaxed pace of the game. Don’t get me wrong, I love the adrenaline of watching a great football or basketball game. But baseball’s relaxed pace makes it, in many ways, the sports version of a conversation.

Perhaps the thing I love the most about baseball is the fact that there’s always tomorrow. It’s a 162 game season so the teams play almost daily. If your team has a bad game, then there’s always the chance that the next day will be different It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
I also love the sights, sounds, and scents (fresh roasted peanuts!) of the ballpark. There is just something so romantic about the game of baseball.

What’s your favorite sport?

141 comments:

  1. I used to love baseball with crazed fanaticism! I love the precision of it all, and, how exciting it can despite the "conversation" pace. Baseball isn't big here at all; the main thing is football (soccer), which I find ok. I think I'd say gymnastics is my favourite sport now :)

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  2. I do not get baseball, we don't really play it over here. It is more rugby, Gaelic Football or Hurling, mmhh men in short shorts.

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  3. As a child I used to love baseball and could name positions and batting averages of players on my favorite team, studied the standings in the newspaper, watched batting averages of various players, and collected baseball cards. As an adult, though living in a city with a major league baseball team, I must admit I am a fair weather fan of the game. Football is now my love, and I pay attention to it as avidly as an adult as I did baseball as a child with my dad. However, I must admit that this year I am caught up in the excitement of opening day and MAY, just MAY, even watch the game on television this afternoon.

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  4. Definitely baseball. I'm not a huge fan in terms of naming players and rattling off stats etc, but I root for our local team and go to some spring training games - love the gorgeous weather and the small field and how the players sign cards and baseballs at the edges of it. :)

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  5. I have never played it but a similar game according to me Cricket , yes i have played that

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  6. I'm not much of a sports fan, but I do have to admit that baseball is one of the most appealing games. But being a Canadian, hockey ranks number one. It's a much-loved sport here, and it brings back so many memories from my childhood. I used to watch it with my brothers, and we used to trade hockey cards, and play games with them. Lots of wonderful moments!

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  7. Yeah Baseball is one of my favorites, especially to play, can't say I can sit still and watch it on tv for three hours though, live, yeah easy enough.

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  8. HOCKEY. And football, real football, not American football. For myself personally though, skiing. I was on varsity ski team in high school, did GS and slalom races, ohh to be in shape again.

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  9. I don't follow any sports closely~ But I hear the fans loudly cheering here too for the opening ~

    Have a lovely week ~

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  10. Going to a game is a lot of fun.
    Football is my favorite, followed by hockey.

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  11. I don't think I have a favorite sport, but just this weekend my husband and I learned that our six-year-old son has an interest in basketball. It was so cute listening to him watching the game. Who knew?

    Happy Monday!

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  12. Yankee girl here ... all.the.way :) And you probably remember where I live NOW ... which was NO FUN during the 2001 World Series ... I am just saying... we.were.robbed :)

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    1. Yankee boy here. What a shame about that series. Who would have thought Rivera would blow it like he did? My ALL-TIME still wince when thinking about it moment.....the Yankees-Red Sox ALCS. YOU know which one I mean.

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  13. Happy April fool's! I'm not much into sports but I used to watch a lot of ice skating.

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  14. i am right there with you...we have been going to college games this year...we have 3 teams in town and minor league starts next tuesday...when we lived in florida i used to go to spring training...i miss that....so much in baseball that is a metaphor for life as well...smiles...

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  15. Define sport! :)
    My favorite individual sport is a tie between bicycle riding and hiking.
    Favorite team sport to watch (i dont play any team sport) is baseball!
    GO GIANTS!

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  16. Good knowing about the aspects you love for Baseball! I haven’t got to watch this sports… for me adventure sports are favorite. Any games played physical is good for health, unlike the video games that spoils by make sit at one place.

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  17. It's nice to hear that your a true fan! I can't tell you how many people when asked Why do you like baseball they say because it's cool. lol. =)

    I don't have a favorite sport but I love going to games of pretty much anything because I get swept away in the awesomeness of the atmosphere! =)

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  18. It used to be baseball, it being one of the only sports I know the rules for, but now it just may be men's college basketball, since I've been forced to watch oh, 400 games of it in the last few weeks.

    Pearl

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  19. Coldest opening day here in forever! Brr. At least it's sunny.

    Enjoy it all, Keith!

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  20. Good morning Keith, I loved the way you described baseball-never thought of it being a sport that was untimed-that is kinda cool.
    However, I don't know why but I never liked baseball and I do enjoy watching all sorts of sports on the tele.
    My most favorite is football both college and pro. I am one of those spectators though that has a favorite team so I only watch when they are playing. and I really really enjoy the olympics-all of it

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  21. II love baseball too. I am a HUGE St. Louis Cardinal fan!

    I hope you enjoyed your visit with family Keith.

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  22. Baseball...ah yes...the hubs glued to the TV (much as he is whenever there is something involving one or more sweaty men and a moving object)and me looking for somewhere in the house where I can't hear the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd. Baseball...like watching ice melt on a cold day.

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  23. Sadly, I am not a sports person, but I grew up as the only child of an avid baseball fan, so I watched a lot. My grandmother lived several blocks away from Yankee Stadium, and I got to see The Bronx Bombers a lot - Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra. Wasn't I lucky?
    Karen

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  24. I don't really have a favourite sport but when asked I would say Basketball. I don't really like watching sports but basketball was my favourite to play because it was non-contact and actually I wasn't too bad at it.

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  25. I've never been big on sports, but you have made me want to try it out! Hope you enjoy the season.

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  26. I have a passing interest in sports. I will talk about what was reported or catch some stuff on the TV. I have been two a Yankee game and local games here in the state.

    I have to admit I don't watch a lot of sports on tv (its like watching paint dry-much like golf) but I do enjoy participating in bowling.

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  27. I enjoy baseball, but basketball is my favorite sport to watch. I love the Whitman quote, and I love how you call baseball a conversation--that's a great description!

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  28. They don't play baseball here in South Africa. The big sports here are soccer, rugby and cricket.

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  29. If I have one, it is Football... :-)

    But I have a good friend, who is HAPPY it's starting. :-) A SOX fan.

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  30. i am in utter agreement about baseball my friend. its the sport version of a conversation- i absolutely love that analogy! plus being a boston red sox fan is the best part of it :)

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  31. I love watching baseball, but not on TV. It is a relaxing event for sure. My favorite sport used to be tennis--watching and playing--I still watch on TV occasionally.

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  32. My dad loved baseball. I like football and figure skating. I'd like to see a football player figure skate :)

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  33. I had to warm up to baseball since my oldest son plays the sport. I really enjoy watching him play, but my first love will always be football because I need to see real physical action. There's nuthin' better than hearin' a good hard hit.

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  34. i love baseball, too. i like sitting out in a fresh-air stadium. eating hot dogs with grilled onions. love the crack of the bat. the sometimes easy pace.

    and i love that i can understand all the rules and plays. :)

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  35. I don't know much about baseball but I do love your description of why you like it. When I turned forty, for about five years I played touch rugby. But after getting injured I now play tennis instead. I like my exercise disguised as a game, and just chasing a ball makes me happy! In that moment, I can't think of anything else.

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  36. Keith
    I wish you could have known my husband. You two would have spent hours talking baseball. It was his passion in life as I have never seen in a human. He also owned a ball team that made it a business but his passion far outweighed the business end.

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  37. I just wrote a whole post last week how I dislike most sports. LOL My husband loves them! Really the cheering is what bugs my ears. I think I've been in a classroom with college students for too long.

    I like playing pillow polo at the Y. So it's not a sport in the books, but it's just like hockey; only with tennis shoes and a soft ball. I also like playing tag, kickball, and wrestling with little rules. I think sumo wrestling is hilarious to watch!

    True story: I've only been bowling a handful of times. I don't think of it as a sport, but many people do. My brother-in-law is on leagues, and has his own fancy ball. We went as a family to play. I beat everyone. I have no clue how, but I did. I kept knocking them down left and right. It was so funny to me. I wasn't even trying. Everyone was getting annoyed with me because I wasn't taking it serious, but I was still winning.

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  38. BTW my 5 year old nephew could bat a baseball at the age of 2. It was crazy! He is so good at that sport. Everyone's mouth dropped when they would see him hit the ball.

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  39. Baseball season's opening! A favorite day of my father's when I was growing up! He listened to the games on the radio, and I became a fellow lover of the sport! In those days, the Brooklyn Dodgers were our favorite team.

    At this time, however, I am taken by the NCAA Basketball Tournament! Those women from Kentucky play UConn tonight - don't they? And - our Lady Vols play Louisville on Tuesday night! So exciting!

    Have a good week!

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  40. The sport I love is cycling. When I was younger I used to cycle up into the hills for the thrill of the views and the feeling of going downhill at speed. I love watching the Tour de France, a bike race that's a marathon over about 3 weeks. It's a gruelling test of athletism with riders competing in the Pyrennees and Alps and very exciting to watch. Last year a UK rider won which was a bit of a miracle since it's never happened before!

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  41. I love baseball too! I like how you put it about being a sports conversation. I appreciate the pace, the strategy, the sunshine, the young and old fans, the food, my teams colors and the really good pitching and plays in the field.
    Play ball!!!!!!!

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  42. I'm not a big sports fan...except when it's my kids playing. But I agree the ballpark is fun! :) Enjoy the season!

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  43. I have to be honest - I am not much into sports - BUT my favorite is baseball... sandie

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  44. Well I'm in England so there's not a great amount of baseball. It sounds a like like cricket with it's essence of time. I love football (soccer) because it's exciting and is our biggest sport. And tennis. And eating chocolate - that is a sport right?

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  45. My grandfather was a pro ball player, so the season has a bit of a special spot for our family. America's favorite past-time, indeed!

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  46. I love baseball too. I love that it has remained affordable for people to take their kids to see a professional game, compared to football which costs so much to see. I love that farm team baseball games or just a game put together with friends is as fun to watch as a pro game.

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  47. I agree about baseball!! Our son played Little League and now Ella is in her third year of T-ball, which I will be posting about at some point. Also there are not so many bad injuries like in football.

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  48. Of all the sports I don't like baseball is not one of them however I am not a rabid fan of it either. Here in our state we have nothing big in any sport really so that may effect my feelings in the matter however I have really gotten into the World Series more than once.

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  49. Pea nuuuuts, pop coooorrrn, cold pop!
    We chant that around our house every baseball season. Haha.
    I usually root for the underdogs when the World Series is on.
    My favorite team though is San Francisco Giants. A rag tag team of laid back interesting guys.

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  50. We don't watch sports as hubby just isn't interested but back in the day it was football for me.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  51. I'm not a big sports person, but I'd definitely say baseball is my favorite. Cardinals fan for life! :) I've been to quite a few Cards games and it's always a good time. Especially when the weather is nice and you're with good friends :)

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  52. Baseball-HANDS DOWN.
    While it's accused of being a boring anachronism giving to scratching and spitting-I get it-I love watching the strategy involved, the finely-tune choreograph of the players, and collapse of the Yankees nearly every October.
    Plus, I can get beer at the ballpark.
    FULL DISCLOSURE: I have been a Yankees fan since the 1960s. So, I don't REALLY love watching them collapse. Alex Rodriguez? I can-and quite often do-watch him fall on his face all the time. And laugh. Because his salary is part of the reason is costs $11 for beer at Yankee Stadium.

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  53. Baseball! My first true sport love!

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  54. Oh baseball. It's opening day in Milwaukee right now and tons of people are going to flock towards Miller Stadium to watch the Brewers.

    What does this mean to me? Lots of drinking. But then again, our team is called the Brewers, our stadium is the name of a beer and we are the city that drinks like there is no tomorrow. This all means that it's summer again. =D

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  55. I've never been a fan of sports. Tried watching it, just can't get into it.

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  56. it's been too long since i've been to a ball game. we say we're going to go every year, but it always gets away from us.

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  57. I met my best friend at a baseball game at Candlestick Park almost 20 years ago. I love baseball and love going to games. It took forever to get major league baseball here in Denver and while the Rockies aren't always the best team, going to the game and watching the sunset over the mountains while drinking a beer doesn't get any better. My friend and I have travelled all over to watch games. We try to catch a minor and a major in the same road trip. Minor league games are a ton of fun and they have better (and cheaper) food.

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  58. Baseball has always been my favorite sport, although I'm admittedly not quite the HUGE fan that I used to be. In Southern California I used to live near Dodger Stadium and my parents lived only two miles from Anaheim Stadium in Orange County (home of the California Angels). I think Anaheim Stadium has since been renamed.

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  59. I used to be an avid baseball fan. Orioles fan, to be precise. Then, my hubby and I moved to Atlanta in '71, when the Braves were so awful, it was a stretch to call them a professional team. I mean, it was so bad back then, if you called the stadium to ask what time the game was scheduled to start, they'd ask you what time you could be there...

    Still, I followed their games, especially during that amazing string of winning seasons they had. But I have to admit, ever since the rules have changed, and all the wild card teams have been added to post-season play, my enthusiasm for baseball has waned. Nothing like following an exciting team that wins 105 games in the regular season, the best record in the whole League, and then see that team knocked off in the post-season by a semi-mediocre wild card team. Yeah, I know it's part of the game now, but it's a frustrating part if you see it happen often enough.

    At any rate, I'm a bigger football fan. Falcons football... and I never miss a game.

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  60. I love baseball...it's relaxing and exciting... it is a form of conversation.

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  61. I do love seeing the A's - our local team and the Giants - but I'm not great about waiting out all those hours for my kids' baseball. Just read a novel about baseball and can't for the life of me remember the name of it...actually I've just read two novels about it.

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  62. I'm not much of a sports fan. If had to pick a sport I would pick soccer. I like the fast pace of it and it seems the most exciting.

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  63. Wow! There were many things about baseball :)

    As to your question, I think that I wouldn't be able to choose just one sport. I love running, rollerblading and swimming.

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  64. Interesting post, Keith. I don´t know much about baseball. I used to play softball in high school. Ciao.

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  65. I have a love hate relationship with baseball. My husband is a die hard Cubs fan, and most of our plans revolve around the games, which leave me ticked a lot of the times lol. However, I do love going to Chicago for the games, being in the stands, and taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells of the game!

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  66. Now then, Keith, you owe me a nice long comment on my site or even a reply on here:) Ahem! So let's talk a bit about baseball from my youthful days.

    You may have heard the expression, or if you are into fancy words, the idiom, 'step up to the plate'. It basically means to take on a challenge or a responsibility. To initiate action.
    It's also is a literal reference when a baseball player steps up to home plate to take a turn at batting against a pitcher. If you live in Britain, you may consider baseball a form of glorified rounders or cricket in an alternate reality.
    I've had a varied life and when I was a teenager living in Vancouver, I used to go to minor league baseball games at Capilano Stadium. My buddies and I would get there early and talk to the players as they warmed up for the game. We had many a fun conversation with the players. I remember this one dude who had noted how small the crowds were. In his finest southern drawl, he said, "What y'all been doin' scarin' all them folks away?" Another player asked us, "Hey guys, where do all the chicks hang out?" Of course, being fifteen and being 'men of action', we told him about all the hot spots where you could like pick up 'chicks'. He told us he would check out those places after the game in his "pick up truck."
    And the player who wanted to know where to find the ladies started bragging about how great a game he was going to have. And a great game he had. That was the good news. The bad news was that he played for the opposing team named the Spokane Indians. And the name of that player? Bobby Valentine, who was, for a short time, the manager of the Boston Red Sox.

    Yes, I love baseball and the ambience I recall. I also, being Canadian, love ice hockey. Well, it's the 'law' in Canada, eh. I also love the Canadian Football League. In my opinion, much more exciting than the NFL.

    Okay, over to you.

    Gary

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  67. I really get bored watching sports on TV, but if I had to watch one live and present? Basketball. I love the energy (BIG Cavs fan!) and the entertainment of a live game.

    I hope you had a Happy Easter Keith!

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  68. Gymnastics is my favorite sport! The balance beam is my favorite event on the women's side (it was also my favorite when I was a gymnast myself) and high bar is my favorite on the men's side. Gymnastics is the best sport ever!

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  69. BASEBALL!!!!!! I love it and love that you love it. The words "play ball" wipe out a dreary winter and makes things right again.
    We lost our opener but like you said, there is always the next game. Hope your Reds win.

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  70. Reading your reasoning I started falling in love with baseball but truth be told my favorite spectator sport is foot ball...next to that is baseball...i love that it makes me think of summer and similarly football makes me think of fall. I love your quote. : )

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  71. I like the opening day and the last day...in between i enjoy watching those who love to watch baseball. :)

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  72. i really am not much of a sports fan---i love to watch my daughter dance and my grand-kids play football and cheer----when i was much younger, i was pretty good at tennis and volley ball---but i did really enjoy watching our church softball team :)

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  73. Hmm...I've never thought about the time factor. Interesting.

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  74. Sorry, I am not much of a Sport fan. I do like to see the local team win. I was very happy for the Baltimore Ravens and now I guess I will root for the Baltimore Orioles. After all Baltimore is my hometown, even though I do not live in the city anymore.

    Wishing good luck to your favorite home team.

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  75. I love baseball, too, Keith! It is one of the few sports I love to watch and I think it is because of the non-violence. (Most of the time- ha ha!) Also, I understand how it is played because as a child it was one of the few sports 'girls' were allowed to play (softball). I like basketball, too, for the same reason. It is also one of our most 'American' sports. Baseball and Apple Pie. Two of my most faves. xx

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  76. no sports here. Proud geek ;-) hehehe

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  77. You make it all sound so exciting! Of course, Montreal is hockey town...

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  78. I used to watch baseball with my aunt and uncle when I visited them up north during the summer. That was AGES ago, though! My favorite sports are swimming, ice skating and gymnastics, so definitely not the traditional sports like baseball, basketball and football that people think of. :)

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  79. I love baseball too. When I was a kid, there was nothing like going to the ballpark to see Lou Brock steal bases. Go Cards!

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  80. I am not much of one for sport, but I prefer games where the players wear less clothing.

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  81. I don't personally love baseball but it was fun reading your post. I love your enthusiasm and passion for baseball! There's nothing worse than an apathetic person.

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  82. I love your insights on baseball and enthusiasm! I've never had many opportunities to go to a ballpark, but I loved it when I did go and the hot dogs are the best!

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  83. It has been a great while since I watched baseball but boy did I LOVE it... I followed it for about three years. I loved the pace of it, I could tell you all the RBI's of my favorite player and how many home runs they hit.

    I watched every game possible and I would listen to it on the radio... TSN was one of my favorite channels, I had to watch the high lights later.

    Can you see I have an addictive personality... lol

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  84. I used to be a big NBA fan until I went to my first Baseball game shortly after the MLB came to Phoenix. I was hooked. Now living here in Santa Fe I miss going to the games most of all.

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  85. I love baseball. Played for 13 years -- got cut from the team Senior year of high school and have barely picked up a ball since. It's unfortunate, but it kinda burst my spirit a little I guess. Such is life!!

    --asmallpieceofgodsplan.blogspot.com

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  86. ...baseball is a fun game but not sure if it's popular here in Philippines... i have always been an indoor person as my heart can't handle outdoor activities that well so i would go picking chess... i have enjoyed playing it ever since i was 6... i became a grand chess master in our campus back in high school during an interschool tournament along with my two younger sisters who were also awarded the same in different categories... smiles...

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  87. What a wonderful ode to baseball, Keith!
    We had a very cold opener today...34 degrees...oh well...the whole Summer is ahead..
    I do enjoy watching baseball...basketball, hockey too...
    Hope you had a fun family weekend!
    Thanks so much for your lovely message!
    - Irina

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  88. Sorry - but I have no interest in sport, whatsoever, although when I was a lot younger I was very sporty myself loved athletics and could outrun any men chasing me!!!

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  89. Cricket is my favorite sport ... if you ever visit India, you will realize it's the most talked about game here :-)

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  90. I have only watched one baseball game...and that was when I went to Pittsburgh to work for a few weeks..... It reminded me of a slightly faster game of cricket

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  91. 162 game season? Wow! Can't imagine our soccer stars coping with that! When do they train?

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  92. i played baseball when i was in elementary school. but the smaller version. i think you call it rounders or something in US. i'm more a football person. i love love love football game. and when i say football, i'm not talking about rugby. you call it soccer in US of A. ha

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  93. If you build it they will come - but most people outside the USA have no idea what the bottom of the ninth means and why it is so important - assuming it is!

    I have no idea about baseball!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  94. My favourite sport is undoubtedly F1!
    I can't imagine life without that adrenaline rush of the approach of March each year...and the first race of the season.
    I have never watched baseball, but you have aroused my curiosity now so I will be scouring the channels for a match!

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  95. Love your enthusiasm for baseball! I've always loved test match cricket which id played over 5 days per match. Lots of time for twists and turns. And tennis too specially since my fellow Scot Andy Murray came on the scene :-)

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  96. I like basketball, football, soccer nothing in particular.:) I watched baseball too from time to time since hubby is born to be sports fanatic and baseball is one of them:)

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  97. Hi Keith - That's B for baseball! I have no idea bout it .. but I do love tennis and cricket and the Olympic sports ..

    Cheers enjoy your baseball season - Hilary

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  98. I couldn't agree more Keith!! Ron and I must head back to Fenway Park this summer....it's been a while!

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  99. i totally go for the experience because the games are pretty boring... just saying.
    watching my boys is another story =)

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  100. i've never really cared for baseball, buti absolutely love watching other sports, like football, ski jumping, figure skating, athletics and so on.. i used to watch pretty much everything when i was wee, but now i only follow the major events:-) x

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  101. I feel that way for cricket :)
    games are wonderful aren't they... they bind us together despite so many differences

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  102. Well, I guess baseball would be my fave.

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  103. Baseball is my FAVORITE!!! I love it in real life and love to watch it on tv. I love to watch little kids and big kids and my favorite of all is the world series. It is summer! We love our Texas Rangers and Mike Hargrove grew up down the street. My son always attends opening day at Texas Stadium...not this year..he has a pretty little pregnant wife at home and those fun bachelor days are probably over for him...tee hee...

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  104. I'm not a sports fan Keith but you certainly are in good company, being a baseball fan. I love John Grisham's novels and have been meaning to read one of his newest ones: Calico Joe, which is about baseball. Have you read that book?

    Happy Week and Hope you had a great Easter Weekend. G

    PS: If you know any yarn-lover's, do send them over to my review blog to enter my new spring contest. At the link I'm signed on with here. :<)

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  105. It's a sold-out home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays. Our city is buzzing....Glad to learn you love the sport so much, Keith. Me - I adore my tennis!

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  106. You almost make me want to watch a game! Almost:) I love the people watching at a ball game, and the snacks but am more of a hockey girl :)

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  107. I am by no means a baseball fan....but I do appreciate the inspiring effect it has on people. Here in Los Angeles opening day at Dodger Stadium is like the holiest day (move over Christmas) imaginable. Everyday normal jerks turn into happy go lucky children. It's kind of amazing.

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  108. Oops, not a baseball fan. I never thought about it being untimed, but maybe that's why it doesn't work for me. It just goes on and on and on.

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  109. ILOVEBASEBALL

    all one word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  110. You're like my youngest son. He just loves baseball. My older aunt that I help out is a rabid California Angels fan. Rabid. My grandmother never missed a Dodger game. The gene skipped me. I'll go to a game, but I prefer Angel Stadium - they have better food than the Dodgers.

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  111. I really enjoy baseball too. Not as much as football, but close.

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  112. A beautiful post, Keith. It gives me an appreciation I had not taken the time to cultivate. Lovely.

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  113. I like Baseball too - I mostly love it because it can connect you to almost anyone in America. It's pretty magically that way.

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  114. I don't have a favorite sport, I think it's because I was bad at everything, every single thing

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  115. I pick one sport and it's NFL football. For me it's perfect because I hate the cold weather so watching television when it's cold outside suits me just fine!

    Elsie

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  116. Just have to tell you that THIS post was one of two inspirations for my current "Home Run" (baseball) poem...and you know, I have made a conscious decision to again pay more attention to baseball this season. Smiles.

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  117. Agreed, it's definitely baseball, probably for the all american factor and because it's just plain fun to play/watch. I also LOVE the sensory overload of going to a live game (any live game, really, but especially baseball). We used to watch the minor league teams at Tinker Field every week (there is something about live baseball under an early evening sky with a cold beer in your hand and razzing the ump that fills my heart with joy). They've since moved the games out to Disney (which sucks). I miss the simplicity of the old field but I'm grateful for all the times I got to enjoy it.

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  118. Baseball is one of the few sports I can actually watch and get interested in. And I love playing it!

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  119. My favorite sport is female ice-skating -- for the grace and beauty of the ladies. Hey, I'm a guy. :-)

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  120. Baseball's pretty popular in Scotland but I reckon it's to make up for how shit we are at soccer! I'm afraid I'm a girlie sports nut, liking the creative spin on things. I've always loved gymnastics, synchronised swimming, high diving, figure skating, and show jumping.

    ps......Walt's one of my heroes, and I think Rip Torn portrayed him wonderfully in Beautiful Dreamers.

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  121. I am not sporty at all, so I'm not a fan of any particular team.. But I have to admit that two live baseball games I went to with relatives kinda perked up my interest. (A live football game did not.) In baseball I could keep track of what was happening. Football, even on TV always leaves me a little mystified.

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  122. I prefer activities like running, but to participate in, not to watch.

    At one point I watched teams sports, but that's because my mom (not my dad) used to watch them.

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  123. I love baseball too..even though i am a phillies fan.

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  124. OK seriously - this is a sh*t load of comments!
    Hope mine doesn't get lost in here somewhere...... I don't watch much sport I'm afraid but Soccer, Rugby and Cricket are very popular in South Africa. We don't play baseball here.

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  125. I rarely watch sports but my favorite sport to do is swimming.

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  126. I started playing co-ed softball a few years ago and it is now my very favorite sport.

    However, I would like to take this opportunity to brag. The brother of my nephew-by-marriage just got called up to the big leagues. Started his major league career on opening day:) Go Jed!!

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  127. We go see The Tigers play every yr & hubby follows every game in one way or another. :)

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  128. I really don't enjoy sports the way others do. I enjoy college football and soccer every once in awhile. I would rather go hiking or kayaking and be physically active myself.

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  129. There is always tomorrow--except for the Astros.

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