Lessons Learned About Athletics

The Best a Sport Can Be

There are many different sports in the world, and they all range based on how popular they are in certain geographical areas, based on how complicated they are, and even based on how dangerous they are. America is home to a wide variety of sports that many other countries do not partake in, or may not have even heard of, but a sport’s prominence varies within this country as well.

One thing in particular that is fascinating about sports in America is that there can be a fairly substantial difference between how prominent a sport is and how well respected a sport is. A sport that certainly fits the mold of having such a gap is baseball, because in terms of it’s popularity in our country it does not hold up to other sports, but it is considered America’s pastime. Taking a closer look, I think most people would realize why baseball might not have the same prominence as more intense sports such as football or basketball. Baseball is not considered as much of a “bang bang” sport as ones that are very fast moving, because every pitch counts, and baseball players take their time during play. However, for reasons such as ones previously mentioned about how every pitch counts and players taking their time, can be exactly the reason that this country holds this game so close to it’s heart.

Things that separate baseball, such as the fact that there is no running clock, allow baseball to represent certain things that other sports can not do, which is something that people love about the game. While baseball may not be loved by everyone, it is hard to argue that another sport can have as big of an impact on the country than it did in the fall of 2001. After the attack on the twin towers, baseball had a major impact on the country for multiple reasons. In the first game to be played after the terrorist attack, and in every game around the country, there was an overwhelming amount of support for the Yankees, and it was the first opportunity for this country to show it’s unity from any civilian. To add to that, many people believe President Bush’s first pitch in Yankee Stadium during the World Series was a really a statement to Americans and to anyone that threatens us, seeing as it was right down the middle of the plate. Many believe baseball is the only sport that can evoke feelings such as those that were evoked during that time in history, which is why it is regarded as America’s pastime.