"No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined." - Paul Gallico
Okay, so it has been almost a month since I posted on here, but I am finally over my basketball and Shelby Valley hangover. Now, the real fun, at least for me, begins. It is now baseball and softball season and we are already a few weeks into the high school season. The Majors are wrapping up their first week and life is good!
Last night, I was at two games, Letcher Central @ Pikeville baseball, and South Floyd at Pikeville softball. Both game were distinguishably different. The baseball game, was actually a great "baseball game" with Letcher winning 3-1. Now as far as there being good "highlights" for TV? Maybe not so much, but it was a well played game between two teams trying to vie for the top spots in their respective regions.
As far as the softball game was concerned, it was filled with a lot of entertaining moments between Pikeville and South Floyd. I have already seen both teams twice, but I can already say that these two teams have a good shot at playing upset if not dethroning some of the 15th region favorites, ie. Lawrence County, Johnson Central and East Ridge.
But I am not here to talk about the games necessarily.
There is just something a little different about the sports of baseball. Yes, there is the excitement of a great hit or touchdown pass in football. Yes, people get out of their seats for a monster dunk in basketball, but nothing replaces a good squeeze play or a straight steal of home.
There is something to be said for baseball smarts. Other than maybe golf where you have to out-think yourself, or tennis where outsmarting your opponent is crucial, do you find a game that being smarter than the other team as a whole may decide a win or a loss. Yes, in the age of the long ball, can you now over power your opponent, but only in the sports of baseball does everything you do in a game play a factor in the outcome.
For instance, in basketball, a shooter who is having an off night is told to keep shooting in order to get through their slump. There is never really a time to think about it, they just react. But in baseball, when a hitter or a pitcher gets in to a slump, they have to pull themselves through it, because there is so much time to think. That is one of the reasons why they call baseball, a thinking man's game.
Baseball relates to so many people because baseball appears to be a sport that can be played by the average person, but at the same time, baseball is the most difficult to master. We can argue that all day long, but the facts state this; only in baseball can a person succeed three out of ten times in something and be considered a hall of famer.
But, I will end it here for now. I felt the need to touch base with all you guys. I am still alive, and kicking.
But I do love the baseball and softball seasons. There is nothing like it!!!