The Dodgers have just earned the tying run against the Angels and I am why you should watch baseball healthy progress on my garlic fries and souvenir-size Sprite, my Dodger Dog a distant second-inning memory. To my left, two fans — one in an Angels cap, the other in Dodger blue — argue about their team's upcoming seasons.
SHARE For the last decade, baseball seemed to be slowly but surely dying of an incurable case of being extremely boring.
Players were boring.
The games were long and boring. The National League was really, really boring. Sure, nothing can beat the soap opera drama of the NBA, but the MLB is resurgent, having used its decades in the wilderness as a sort of extended rebuilding year.
For the moment, baseball is more fun to watch than football. And the fun has only grown with the start of the playoffs, as all seven remaining playoff teams have a compelling narrative that makes them worth rooting for. Featured Video Watch more Fatherly Subscribe The winners of these series have the Astros and Dodgers, the two best teams in their respective conferences, waiting for them.
Will Clayton Kershaw be able to get past six innings? Can the Astros finally make the jump from lovable underdog to real contenders? For a while, this seemed like a disadvantage, as basketball and football embraced new rules on and off the field to make the game more efficient and enhance the fan experience.
Baseball took the same road it always traveled and it made all the difference. What was once seen as a self-enforced obsolescence has now become an admirable and principled stance.
Baseball is about baseball so the quality of the play consistently improves.
Baseball is also helped because it is a true team sport. There is no one savior in baseball, as even the best pitchers only play once every five games. So building a team is an excruciatingly long and intense process, where you have no idea whether or not all your hard work will pay off or blow up in your face.
But with this great risk comes great reward.
And right now, there is an unusually high number of extremely well-constructed teams. The result?
A lot of good baseball. Watch the playoffs. Failed political stunts by Vice Presidents aside, the level of play simply has not matched the game at the height of its powers.
Through five weeks, teams have struggled with turnovers and missed tackles, leading to a lot of ugly play. ThisTeam will do whatever it takes.
Is football actually any worse than it was when everyone loved it? While soccer encourages flopping and baseball is the only sport where out of shape people can succeed , football thrived on hits that caused long-term trauma mentality.
Now, the crushing hits we once celebrated are difficult to watch. The concussions have always been there, along with the controlling, money-hungry owners and the low scoring, mistake-filled games.
These used to be obstacles for football to valiantly overcome. Now, with the burden of expectation, they are exactly what is dragging football down. Combined with the recent political unrest and noticeably sloppy player, this giant, concussed elephant might just be the first block pulled in the shaky Jenga tower that is the National Football League.
So if you are hoping to find another sport to obsess over while ignoring the daunting weight of existence in the modern world, why not dust off your old ball cap and give baseball another try?
Because after taking a few years off, baseball is back and as fun as ever.
And that is something we should all celebrate. Something went wrong. Please contact support fatherly. Thank you for subscribing Give us a little more information and we'll give you a lot more relevant content Your child's birthday or due date Girl.