I Think I’m Not a Baseball Fan Anymore
The World Series ended last night. The San Francisco Giants apparently won in 5 games. I didn’t watch a second of it. This isn’t a case where I wanted to watch but was too busy with school, or work, or sleep. I just didn’t care. I was unaware that the game was even being played until the update was given during Monday Night Football. I think I don’t care about baseball anymore.
I know, I know. It’s “America’s pastime” and Babe Ruth, and “daddy and I played catch,” and blah, blah, blah. But, can anyone still call it “America’s pastime” with a straight face? If you surveyed people under the age of 40, how many would claim baseball as their favorite sport? 10 percent? 20? On Sunday, a regular season game between the Saints and the Pittsburgh “Our QB is Really Not a Rapist……We Promise!’ Steelers had higher ratings than the World Series game being played the same night. I never gave a thought to switching to the baseball game. Apparently, I wasn’t alone.
I used to love baseball. Going to Reds games with my dad is one of the better childhood memories I have. Who wouldn’t remember fondly the days of Christopher Andrew Sabo and the “Nasty Boys”? I still have a definite fondness for the Reds, and was genuinely excited that they made the playoffs after 15 years of atrocities; but I did not watch a single regular season game. Not one second. I checked the standings and stats from time to time, but found myself constantly wondering “who the hell is this guy?,” and “why is Scott Rolen still playing baseball?” I had no concept of who was good (other than Votto) or whether the Reds were legitimately better than other teams in their division. I had no way of relating anything to anything else. These are not the characteristics of someone who loves a sport. Hell, I’m probably stretching by even calling myself a Reds fan at this point, even though I will continue to do so and you will not stop me.
Maybe it’s time to confess that I just don’t like baseball anymore. There’s only so much time in the day to follow a sport and I give that time to the NBA, the NFL, and WVU football/basketball. Sorry, America. I’m moving on from baseball. Judging by the ratings, I’m not the only one.