With the 2016 baseball season just stating to get under way, I know it can be hard to see why you should start watching games when it's playoff season for more fast-paced sports like hockey and basketball. Baseball gets a bad rep for being a "boring sport," but it really is not. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I don't think people always are willing to give it a chance, as it can be hard to deal with the pace compared to other sports. Here are five reasons why baseball is not boring.
1. It's not over until it's over.
Sure, it can be tedious to sit through nine innings, especially if it's game with very few runs. However, a team can be down two nothing in the bottom of the ninth, but they hit a grand slam and end up the victors. It made those other eight innings worth it in the end.
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2. The athleticism.
Idk about you, but there's no way I could stand and wait for a 90 mph ball to come at me, or slide into the ground and not break my whole lower body, or hit a home run so powerfully that it ends up in the Chicago Cubs' scoreboard?
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3. The scandals.
Baseball can get quite scandalous. Between bench brawls and coaches getting ejected out of games , the sport is full of excitement. And that's just on the field. I think I was ready to build my own dugout for former Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche's son, after constantly hearing about how LaRoche allegedly quit because his kid was said to be hanging out with the Sox too often than the administration would have liked. Speaking of administration, the FBI was after the St. Louis Cardinals for hacking into the Houston Astros' databases. Oh, also, countless players get caught for doing drugs or corking bats or putting pine tar on their necks?? Does this sound like a boring sport to you?
4. The pace is quite relaxing.
Sure, it's not football or hockey where guys are constantly running into each other, but sometimes you need a break from those types of sports. Instead of considering baseball to be boring, think about how calm you feel while watching it.
5. Baseball pants.
No explanation needed. Thanks, Anthony Rizzo.