When a Sport is More Than Just a Sport
Of all the different sports in the world, one would think that many of them would consist of similar elements, and while that may be true in a rare occurrence, it is pretty amazing how different they all are. In America, there are many sports and while the majority of the country will partake in viewing or participating in a handful of them, everyone in this country does have a certain opinion about every sport.
Something to consider when studying American society and sports is the gap between how much attention a sport will get, and how much people know about the sport and it’s legends that have played it. An interesting sport to look into due to it’s gap that is previously mentioned is baseball due to the fact that it is considered America’s pastime, but does not have the viewership that other sports have in this country. When thinking more about it, there are many reasons why baseball would sell less tickets than sports like football or basketball. Baseball is not considered as much of a “bang bang” sport as ones that are very fast moving, because every pitch counts, and baseball players take their time during play. However, for reasons such as ones previously mentioned about how every pitch counts and players taking their time, can be exactly the reason that this country holds this game so close to it’s heart.
The fact that one pitch and one pitch only is what seals the deal to end a baseball game is a great example of how a sport can resemble a country and it’s values, and that is something that baseball lovers will argue. Although it may not be everyone’s favorite sport in this country, what baseball did to people in the months after the World Trade Center attacks is what is so special about the potential that baseball has. After the attack on the twin towers, baseball had a major impact on the country for multiple reasons. For obvious reasons, baseball was postponed for several days after the attack, but once it was resumed, the amount of support that the New York Yankees received truly touched everyone’s heart. To add to that, many people believe President Bush’s first pitch in Yankee Stadium during the World Series was a really a statement to Americans and to anyone that threatens us, seeing as it was right down the middle of the plate. Bottom line is, to many Americans, baseball is a sport, but in it’s best moments it can be something much more than just that.