By Jacob Kornhauser on August 8, 2014
Even though football is much more popular in the country now, baseball is still America's favorite pastime. So many things make baseball the greatest sport this country has ever seen. Here are just 10 reasons why baseball is still America's true pastime.
Because they play 81 home games, baseball games are naturally less expensive to attend than other sporting events. This is just part of the reason that several fans grow up going to numerous baseball games every summer.
Of course, every sport creates legends. However, in no other sport are there players that go down in history and slowly turn into super heroes of sorts. Some great players in baseball tend to just take on a mythical persona once they reach a certain status.
In other sports there are players that are so large they almost look inhuman. There are a few guys like that in baseball as well, but there are also professional baseball players that look like you and I. This establishes an ability to relate between fans and players that is unmatched in other sports.
In no other sport are there stadiums that have as much historic value as some of the stadiums in baseball. Fields like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field are over a century old. Other sports simply don't have stadiums with that sort of history.
Most sports take place in the middle of a weather season, however, baseball is broken up by the seasons perfectly. It begins right as spring is beginning, runs through the summer and ends just as the fall is coming to a close.
Even though football and hockey have been around since the early 1900's, no sport is as old or rooted in history as baseball. It has gone through some distinct eras, which other sports can't claim.
With a few exceptions, most baseball fan bases have experienced some measure of success. Because several fan bases have seen winning teams, they've become passionate. Due to that, many fan bases whose teams haven't been successful recently are still extremely passionate.
In other sports, the only measure of a team's future success is what draft picks they'll have the following year. In baseball, fans can catch a glimpse of the future in the minor leagues before they impact the big league squad. That hope is what keeps several fan bases going during difficult times.
There is no other sport that is more dependent on stats than baseball. Young fans might be impressed by the flashiness of football and basketball, but by looking at things like baseball cards, young fans can get more involved in the game at an early age.
Even most bad teams have one person who brings fans to the gates. When the Mariners were struggling, that player was Felix Hernandez. For the Marlins, it's been Giancarlo Stanton. With other sports centralizing the great players to a few cities, baseball separates itself by spreading out the wealth of talent throughout the league.
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