Does anyone really like major league baseball? Uggh, is there anything more boring than watching grown men pretending to be enthused while they “play” their way through 160 games extending from April to October? … in a sport that condenses the action of a three hour game into a 30 second film clip on the evening news? Granted, soccer and golf aren’t much better, although I have to admit that I love both of those sports.
But, there is something about this boring game of baseball, the sport that used to be called “America’s game”, that influences our children. You can see it in the little leaguers, even the six year olds, the way they hold the bat, their gloves, their uniforms (especially the oversized hats), and even the way they deal with conflict resolution. Even though the majority of little leaguers quit after a couple of years (after they see how boring the game is and move onto something more gratifying, like video games), some of the things they learned on the diamond are frightening.
You know what I’m talking about, booing the ump and challenging every call. The manager runs out to object to a call made by the umpire — what a joke. Has there ever been any call overturned in baseball?! NO, so why does the manager and umpire have to put on this big show at home plate? Both of them, nose to nose, talking (screaming) at the same time, veins popping out of their necks, moving their bobble-like heads in over exaggerated animation, like they’re the main reason people came to the ball park. This poorly acted charade challenges professional wrestling for lowest credibility score; they’re probably arguing over which pub to meet after the game for a “cool one”.
You know the disagreement is genuine when the manager resorts to kicking dirt on the umpire’s shoes. Ohhh boy, its really getting serious now; the umpire’s choreographed, much-practiced ejection move can’t be far behind (workin’ on his night moves). As adults, we may find this humorous, but even those theatrics seem to be copied by the six year olds.
Thought for the Day: Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.