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Old Apr 19th, 2018, 02:08 PM   #1
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The Baseball Thread!

As long as I can remember the first true signs of spring were: kids playing ball hockey, robins, and the “Opening Day” of Major League Baseball.

As a kid in public school, it seemed everyone played the game. Now, where there used to be baseball diamonds there are soccer pitches. Fewer and fewer kids seem to be playing the game.

In this day and age of computer games with their flash and all too common violent based themes, no one seems to pickup a ball and glove and just enjoy tossing outside.

Which makes me wonder, is Baseball doomed, and if so, what’s wrong with the game?

Thoughts....
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Well I am hoping to keep the tradition alive and well... my son who is now 8 is registered to play ball again this summer (4th year, second outside of boooring Tball), and is actually signed up for a pre season weekly pitching clinic.

First nice "spring day" a few weeks ago we got the ball and gloves out and tossed it around for 45 minutes to start getting back into the motions.

In fact... for the first time in ~20 years (good lord... 20 years) I am hoping to play in an adult league this year.

I can't say there is a problem with the game, but I am biased. I love it. I love watching it, playing it, helping to coach it so I can't say as there is a problem with it... but then again, I don't see the appeal of some other sports.

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Old Apr 19th, 2018, 04:41 PM   #3
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BReligion good for you! My grandkids live many many miles away so no playing ball with them, and alas, my eyes are not as good as they used to be so I think my ball playing days are over. But I love to watch the game.

I have often thought that baseball is one of the few pro sports left that has any actual grace in its play. It is also one of the few sports that has something for a fan to do.....which is score the game. Scoring, I think, fully engages a fan with the game.
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As early grade schoolers our children played on the local t-ball & baseball teams. While they didn't mind the sport for a couple years, they preferred soccer & that's where they headed. School & club basketball & volleyball took over late in grade school, junior high & senior high, although one still plays league & club soccer. One played high school slow pitch last year & will likely make the team again this year. With all the heavy, late snow this year, they've had a slow start.

Growing up I never played organized ball but my brother & I always had a glove each and a baseball to play catch with, either at home or at school. We always looked forward to the times dad came home early from the field & he'd get the old, beat up wooden bat out (that my uncles had used growing up) & play "500" with us in the small pasture across from the house.
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FeXL, I remember playing 500 and P.I.G. vividly in my youth up to my teens. I also played a little organised ball in my teens. Later, when my wife and me got our first home the new neighbourhood established a Lob Ball league to get people to know each other. At that time many companies had Lob Ball leagues for their employees.
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I coached a local league for 8 years while my son qualified to play. That league is still going strong.
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“Opening Day” of Major League Baseball was always a thrill for me. I lived in hope that the NY Giants would win the World Series. They did when I was 6 years old ............... and then I had to wait until 2010 for them to do it again.

I played little league baseball, but recall just playing at various places where kids of all ages, races, religions, nationalities .......... and lovers of either the NY GIants, the Brooklyn Dodgers or the NY Yankees, would play make-shift games. Loved those Spring and Summer days of my youth.
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“Opening Day” of Major League Baseball was always a thrill for me. I lived in hope that the NY Giants would win the World Series. They did when I was 6 years old ............... and then I had to wait until 2010 for them to do it again.

I played little league baseball, but recall just playing at various places where kids of all ages, races, religions, nationalities .......... and lovers of either the NY GIants, the Brooklyn Dodgers or the NY Yankees, would play make-shift games. Loved those Spring and Summer days of my youth.
love that story..
i remember when the Jays won back to back.. that was spectacular.. at least one of our sports teams 'made it '
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I played baseball on a school team in 1957 and 1958 teams. No sissy softball for us back then (and fastball was unknown).
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love that story..
i remember when the Jays won back to back.. that was spectacular.. at least one of our sports teams 'made it '
Yes, I recall the Jays going back to back. Maybe this year for a "three peat"? We shall see.
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