Happy Independence Day everybody!
What do you do on Thanksgiving? Eat too much and watch football. What do you do on Christmas? Open presents and watch basketball. What do you do on Tax Day? Weep openly in the streets, of course. On the Fourth of July, everyone knows you burn some meat on the grill and watch baseball. It is America's day after all, we should spend it with America's game.
It's true that the NFL and NBA pull in more viewers than the MLB, but neither of those sports offer up the same patriotic emotions that baseball does. Baseball is played with no clock, only talent and hard work can win your team a game. Sound familiar? Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Darryl Strawberry, Mark McGwire, and soon enough Barry Bonds… Baseball is a game of redemption. In no other country can you fall hard on your face only to rise back up and become more successful than you could have imagined. It took a while, but baseball became color blind, only what you can do on the field matters. It took the country a while, too, but there was a reason the color barrier had to be broken in baseball.
Baseball is the only game that has created legends. Football has none that go down in American folklore. Hockey has Gretzky, but it and he are both Canadian. Basketball has Michael Jordan, the best player to ever touch a basketball, yet he retired in his prime to do what? To play baseball. Babe Ruth is still, 80 years later, an American icon. Ted Williams is the greatest hitter to ever pick up a bat, but while in his prime, he picked up his country's call and flew planes in World War II. Jackie Robinson was and still is, really, the most important athlete the country, if not the world, has ever seen. Roberto Clemente did what Jackie did for a whole other group of people. Only baseball has these stories guys, these stories.
This could be longer, but it's the Fourth of July. Quit reading this, hit the barbecue and catch a game.
God bless America
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