The Lost Beauty of Baseball

By on July 18, 2018

(Eddie Michels Photo)

A bunch of young 16 year olds playing a casual game of baseball where no one is keeping score- seems like a relaxing game isn’t it? But the kids were not on the field for their enjoyment. They were performing in front of major league hotspots and scouts in a showcase event. All the teenagers put their best into whatever they were doing but the sad truth stands out that all of them have been engrossed in the Baseball Season of Major League in 2018. There is a lot that you can expect from baseball, and even take advantage of coupons like the bonus form fanduel.

Baseball: A Look at the Sport’s Diminishing Popularity

In spite of the enthusiasm by the teenagers, the game seems to have lost its beauty. The best baseball moment that we can recall from last year is the Home Run Derby. The game is not going to be on the international level but still it was worth in many aspects. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge went on for the 480 feet in their opposite field and the move by Cody Bellinger will be there on fan’s memories for a long time.

There are many such matches that don’t count in the international sense and which didn’t have the charm that you would expect from a good baseball match.

Things were not like this if we go through the history of the game. We can recall players like Babe Ruth who once drove the ball to 604 feet playing in a small ground in California. Even the Rutland Historical Society carried out a column on the legend when he supposedly hit a ball so high that it went out of sight of the opponents in 1919.

Another time he has been credited with reaching a height of 550 feet against Walter Johnson- the Heritage Center in the small Brea city in Southern California still has souvenirs as a symbol of the feat. The University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, has even written in bold that he was the greatest hitter in the game of baseball.

Here is why.

In his career, he has scored a total of 714 home runs and stormed the smaller cities to give such a visual spectacle with his skills. Leigh Montville, the biographer wrote in his book called The Big Bam that any professional baseball player in the twenties had high chances of playing against Ruth. He also writes in his book that the start player had 200 to 250 games under his belt each year with over 150 of them played in big matches.

He continues that the performance of Ruth is not recoded down in statistics- but his style and feat are etched out in the memory of anyone who watched him play.

Games that are played for fun are fading out from the scene of baseball gradually. Now everyone is playing to get picked in the top teams and while that does seem good, it just makes us wonder where the fun went!

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