Baseball — said to be this country’s favorite past-time. But is baseball America’s favorite pastime? It represents an era when times were hard but living was simple. You see, before TV, Internet and video games polluted the minds of children, baseball was the one thing kids did after school and on weekends in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was the one thing almost everyone could talk about. In fact, it was actually how people passed the time, hence why it’s considered “America’s favorite pastime”.
To become a national pastime, something has to completely envelope a culture. Yes. Football is the most popular sport in America these days, but does it completely envelope American society? There are simply too many things going on these days, too many distractions. American baseball thrived at a time when people could turn to the sport for relief. Joe DiMaggio. Babe Ruth. Hank Aaron. Ty Cobb. These guys were the ones with the answers.
Dick’s Sporting Goods recently released a powerful commercial about the game. Aside from the fact that it’s an advertisement, it still brings back the simplicity of the sport and everything it stands for. It’s just nice to see some respect for the game for a change. If you’ve ever played baseball or watched it on TV or from the stands, you’ll feel what I felt — pure love for the game.
So, is baseball America’s all-time favorite pastime? Why or why not? Let us know what you think in the comments below.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wpbU8vlGlzk]
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