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    Quote Originally Posted by patriot45 View Post
    I can't wait either! I finally won something! I rule at baseball! :D
    Sorry Gringo. This year Bubba is takin' it to The House.....:p
    Hey careful man! There's a beverage here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba Dawg View Post
    It's a beautiful game. It is also timeless. The pacing is slow and deliberate. There is strategy involved in every aspect of the game. Decisions are made based on stats after stats after stats on top of stats. There are 9 position players and each position required a different set of abilities.

    Sure, you throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball. You run the bases. Basic stuff. But everybody is pushing the competition to the nth degree. How far can the runner lead off the base without getting picked off? Was that his good pickoff move or does he have a better one? Will there be a pitchout?

    What's the count on the batter? What is this pitcher's best pitch? What will he throw?

    Strength matters, but then so does speed and finesse. Quickness matters. Watching a shortstop like Ozzie Smith go deep into the hold and make a circus catch on a grounder and then throw out the runner by less than half a step is a thing of beauty to behold.

    Hitting a major league pitcher's fastball is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. And major league pitchers change speeds and throw wicked breaking balls that dance and drop and move in ungodly ways.

    The best hitters will get a hit in about 3 of every ten at bats. It's that difficult. And yet they manage to do it. And when runs are scored and then tallied, a 5 to 4 or a 2 to 1 game is not unusual. When the runs are scored, you appreciate them. You savor them. Then you worry about getting or maintaining a lead. You worry about everything.

    The field is beautiful. The ballpark is usually a thing of beauty. Wrigley Field. Fenway Park. And the new generation of dedicated baseball parks are great.

    Minor League baseball is also wonderful. Smaller parks. Cheaper admission. Cold beer. Hot dogs. And your guys to root for.

    In baseball you are close to the game. You can see and hear, and sometimes touch the players. You can catch a foul ball and maybe get a player to sign it.

    You can get nacho's and cheese. You can see a good old fashioned baseball rhubarb and cheer or boo when the manager gets thrown out by the umpire. You can boo the umpire and he will hear you.

    Baseball is artful and powerful, graceful and fast. When your team wins, you cheer because you were right there with them. When they lose you say, wait till tomorrow.

    George Will wrote a book called Men at Work about baseball. Check it out. Stephen King wrote a book about the Red Sox (He is a huge fan.) with some other guy about the year the Red Sox won the Series and reversed the curse. Thing is, they started writing the book in spring training and didn't know if the Red Sox would even make the playoffs. It worked out for them.

    Baseball is a great game. It may not be for everyone, and such is life. But for those of us who love it, and who played it on any level from sandlot to the majors, the date when Pitchers and Catchers report is a big deal.

    Come with me sometime to a Braves game. I'll buy you a beer.
    bah...it's a boring ass game played by whiney, bitchy millionaires, with teams owned by whiney ass billionaires who wont follow the NFL lead and create a system that promotes the sport by strengthening revenue sharing.

    As Rush said about Socialism, it' only works in the NFL. However it would work for the MLB t
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba Dawg View Post
    Sorry Gringo. This year Bubba is takin' it to The House.....:p
    Let me bathe in this year! You can try for next year!:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebel Yell View Post
    Are we using that qualifier againd this year?
    Why not? It's true.
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    So excited for baseball season to start! I already have spring training tickets for the D-backs at their new facility in Scottsdale.

    We hit rock bottom last season so we can only go up from here. I hope. :eek: :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by jendf View Post
    So excited for baseball season to start! I already have spring training tickets for the D-backs at their new facility in Scottsdale.

    We hit rock bottom last season so we can only go up from here. I hope. :eek: :D
    That's a shame because I think this leaves Tucson without any spring training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph wiggum View Post
    I don't have time to write a book but, baseball is the best sport ever. Football has passed baseball in popularity, likely due in part to the short attention span of the general public.

    I'll try & write a quick synopsis explaining my reasoning if I have time...
    It's hard to explain the love of baseball. I think it's tradition. My great uncles and my father and mother were all St Louis Cardinal fans. I've always loved the history of the Cardinal team. No matter how they do in a particular season, the fans always support them. Most seasons they've done well.

    I can't get into baseball here in Florida. I could care less about the Rays. Their fans don't support them even in a winning year. I was looking forward to spring training and had hoped to go to a few games, but sadly I'll be having knee surgery about the same time as the start of spring training. So I guess my first visit to a spring training game will have to wait til 2012.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    That's a shame because I think this leaves Tucson without any spring training.
    Yeah, I can't remember the specifics but Tucson fought pretty hard to keep them there if memory serves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jendf View Post
    Yeah, I can't remember the specifics but Tucson fought pretty hard to keep them there if memory serves.
    And the Sox and Rox are gone as well aren't they? I think the White Sox are in Florida now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    It's hard to explain the love of baseball. I think it's tradition. My great uncles and my father and mother were all St Louis Cardinal fans. I've always loved the history of the Cardinal team. No matter how they do in a particular season, the fans always support them. Most seasons they've done well.

    I can't get into baseball here in Florida. I could care less about the Rays. Their fans don't support them even in a winning year. I was looking forward to spring training and had hoped to go to a few games, but sadly I'll be having knee surgery about the same time as the start of spring training. So I guess my first visit to a spring training game will have to wait til 2012.
    Baseball is a great game but it's losing it's charm. Baseball used to be the game where a family of 4 could go see a major league sport without breaking the bank. I know, at least in Philly, 4 of the cheapest tickets are close to $100. Then there's the $20 for parking and if you want to eat, I hope you brought a fat wallet. I used to love going to the park to see a game but with people growing increasingly ignorant in public, I tend to not go anymore. And there's no more player loyalty. I remember in the 70's, I used to love to keep score(had my own scorebook) and I used to be able to give you the Phillies lineup before the game began because it didn't change except for the day's pitcher. Not like that anymore.
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