The NFL and NBA Remind Us That Baseball Still Reigns Supreme

January is a difficult month for me.  Gone are the holidays that distracted me from my baseball-less existence.  The cold and dark days serve only as a reminder that the 162 game grind is still far away.  And key free agents still don’t have a home!

I enjoy football.  I really do.  Nothing gets me through the winter quite like watching grown men beat the hell out of each other over an oblong pigskin.  But three of the four playoff games this past weekend were over before the fourth quarter even started!

And yes, Derek Rose and the Chicago Bulls certainly know how to take me HIGH-UH; but on Saturday night — when I really needed them to get me through the weekend — the game was over before the second half.

Where art thou, Evan Longoria?  Robert AndinoDavid Freese?

THERE IS NO CLOCK IN BASEBALL.

And where there is no clock, there is only the potential for glory.  In baseball, there is no garbage time.

Hate me.  Fine.  Just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

4 Comments

Jeff, you are right. No effen doubt about it. Hockey gets us through the winter, though. That and the kids wrestling and bowling leagues. Think spring.
–Mike (M.I.B.)

It really is all about the clock. Baseball haters whine about the length of games but I have a hard time loving anything where the inevitable final strategy is take the lead and stall for all you’re worth. It’s inelegant and not particularly compelling. How many days until pitchers and catchers report again? Ugh.
— Kristen

Mike — I tried to get into hockey, but it just doesn’t do it for me. Bowling though, now THAT I can get into! Especially if beer is involved!
Kristen — I get tired of hearing people talk about how “long” and “boring” baseball games are too. I can only assume those folks don’t understand the game. How many days left? TOO MANY!
–Jeff

Also, this past season isn’t helping us much. There are plenty of years with great games, but this year’s great games came right at the end. So when we look back to our recent memory of baseball, it looks that much more spectacular in our mind. I think that is why this Winter has gone especially slow, because we keep going back to a memory that was pretty frickin amazing.
-Mateo Fischer

http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

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