A Baseball Fan in Hockey Land

attI’m a fish out of water. In Canada, hockey is the only game, but I never watch hockey. I watch baseball. I’m not a sports fan, I’m a baseball fan.

Lots of people binge watch their favorite series on Netflix; I binge watch baseball at the end of the season. After all, I need to get my fill to tide me over until next April. Even though 162 regular season games fill the months between April and October, it’s never enough.

This year, even though my San Francisco Giants are not in the post season, I’m glued to MLB TV watching teams that I don’t really care much about whittling down to the World Series. I justify this amazing waste of time by practicing my violin and knitting socks while I watch.

Baseball is the only sport I watch. I even go so far as to pay annually for access to the games, since I’m not in the SF Bay Area anymore. I’ve been a Giants fan since 1958. I was a child living in Berkeley when they moved from New York to San Francisco. We used to listen to them on the radio. It was something the whole family shared. Mays, McCovey and Cepeda thrilled us all. We even named one of our cats Stretch after Willie McCovey, whose nickname it was. It’s a nostalgia thing.

Some people complain that baseball games are too slow, but that may be why I love them. The game leaves you time to think about what’s happening, and to appreciate the strategy involved. So much goes into each pitch. Statistics rule the game; it’s not just hit and run.

There’s no way I can express why I love baseball as well as this top ten list: Top 10 Reasons Why Baseball is the Best Sport in the World

No article about baseball could ignore George Carlin’s classic bit. Enjoy!

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