The True Beauty of Baseball
Frequently do I encounter a person who isn’t a fan of baseball. Those who simply aren’t into sports or have the time to do so. Those who say it’s too time consuming and it’s boring. You are my main audience for this piece.
My opinion is not a result of any negativity nor is it a rally cry. Honestly, this is something that just came to mind and I simply felt like writing about it for the sake of writing. I am not a die-hard baseball fanatic but rather an observer. I don’t follow every game but I try my best to stay informed.
There is a particular beauty to the American-born sport of baseball that captures the hearts of millions. The great expanse of green grass contrasts with the reddish-brown dirt and the grand scale of the stadiums are reminiscent of the great Roman Colosseum. The iconic songs of rock and country and the familiar smell of hot dogs, churros, garlic fries, and beer within the stadium create a culture like no other.
There is just so much to love. That is why baseball can be considered an escape from the hectic lives of modern day society. And it’s more than just entertainment. It has become a part of society where baseball games are places where business meetings are held, birthdays are celebrated, and even marriages vowed.
But as my English teacher inspired me to see is that analysis is in everything. So the earlier paragraphs, just skim the surface of my search for deeper understanding. So, though deeper analysis, there is yet another beauty to this game that not many would realize. One that would turn your brain to mush when you finished reading.
There is a lot more happening in the sport of baseball that one could possibly imagine. We begin with the 30 Major League Teams we currently have. One of those teams, the San Francisco Giants, plays nearly 81 regular season home games at AT&T park this 2015 season, correct me if I’m wrong. There are forty-two thousand fans, fifty players, and the dedicated faculty who attend every game.
Now, imagine watching an entire baseball game. We could barely recall half the events in a single game. How about all the individual plays within every game. Then the factors of the situation, the players, the decisions, and the weather behind every play. We could barely fathom everything that plays into the sport that we call baseball.
I’ll give two real examples of how every play has a story. The first is about Matt Duffy’s walk-off hit (to win the game) earlier in the season against the Marlins and Buster Posey’s grand slam at Dodgers Stadium, which I got to experience firsthand.
It wasn’t long after Duffman’s clinch hit that Casey McGehee, Giant’s third baseman acquired from the Marlins to replace Pablo Sandoval, was later sent down to the minor leagues to be replaced by Matt Duffy himself in the Giants starting rotation. Even more, Casey McGehee and Matt Duffy were great friends and Duffy learned much of the position from McGehee.
I was super lucky to experience Buster Posey’s first grand slam of the season against our top seed NL rivals (at the time) as a Giants fan in Dodgers Stadium. Plus, the fact that we made it out alive from Dodger’s Stadium is a miracle. What a coincidence that Buster Posey is my favorite baseball player of all time and we, the Giants and my extended family, were both on “road trips”. In fact, depending on the events of how our week-long road trip played out, we could’ve missed this game to watch the following game instead and I would’ve missed this great moment. Coincidence or not, this was definitely a great experience for me and my family.
These two plays form a vast conglomerate of events that not only involve baseball, but also tie into the everyday lives of people in society affecting how we conduct business and how we are inspired in our everyday lives. From play to game to season to franchise to history, there is beauty from within the sport we call baseball. This is the beauty that I see. Whether or not your opinion has changed, I hope you’ve enjoyed my piece.
For comedic purposes, I wrote this in three hours from scratch on a school day and I still got homework to do :)