Baseball’s The Best Game Ever Played and Here’s Why

First of all, under ideal conditions baseball requires of its fans three full hours of sitting outside in the sunshine. And there’s not much that’s wrong with that.

For less than the cost of a movie ticket, if you’re lucky enough to live in a town with a minor league team, you can spend your evening listing to the sound of the train whistle, drinking a beer or three, a watching the giant Italian sausage race the giant Polish kielbasa around the bases between innings.

And since baseball takes a while to play, there’s a correspondingly relaxed vibe in the stands. Even the guys who’ve had a beer orĀ six tend to behave like colorful cut-ups rather than violent douchebags.

And finally — even if your team takes a pounding (as the Rochester Red Wings did last night to the Toledo Mud Hens) and even if you’re coming off a six-game losing streak (as the Phillies are tonight) — you have to work pretty hard to not have a good time at the ballpark.

Citizens Bank Ballpark

Take me out to the ballgame.



  1. Yorkshire Pudding says:

    Sadly it seems that the only other country in the world that appreciates baseball as much as the USA does is, rather ironically, Cuba! The ballgame atmosphere you describe seems rather like cricket in England which is also slow and often relaxing with drinking and banter in the crowd. This contrasts with the high energy and tension of bigtime English soccer games.

  2. YP — baseball games can get tense too; the game can turn on every pitch. But you’re right, you could never really describe soccer as laid back. My problem with soccer is that it feels random (which is only because I don’t understand it, I’m sure). Every now and again I can see a goal develop, but most of the time it’s just *boom* — back of the net. The announcers even seem surprised!

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