Five Reasons I Might Find An Interest In Baseball

5 Reasons I Might Actually Find Interest In Baseball Season This Year

Even though I have never been a big sports person.

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I have never been a big sports person. Growing up, my family didn't really "have a team." My dad came here from France, so his focus has always been on international soccer teams. And my mom really couldn't care less.

As I grew up, I kind of wished my family had a deep devotion to a specific team. I envied my friends who had a huge family hangouts on Sundays to watch their favorite football team.

And now, being 20 years old, it's kind of hard to randomly get into sports as deeply as so many people have been since they were like eight years old.

Of all the sports I've ever participated in or watched, baseball has always been at the bottom of my list.

Basketball has always been my favorite. But baseball was just too boring for me. Something about the idleness of the players 90% of the time and nine innings just really lowered my interest.

But recently, I have found myself looking up home Yankee games. I went to my very first game last summer, and it was honestly such a great time.

As most girls can agree, one of the reasons my interest in baseball has grown is due to the players.

1. Aaron Judge.

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We all know chicks dig the long ball! Well, look no further than Yankee's right fielder, Aaron Judge. Aaron took home the 2017 ROY Award by clubbing an American League leading 52 home runs. Oh yeah, did I mention he's a Yankee?

2. Bryce Harper.

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The newest, and most expensive, member of your Phialdelphia Phillies. Bryce Harper signed a whopping 13-year contract worth over $330 million. And he's hot. I'll be there Sunday night to catch him live.

3. Mike Trout.

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Born and raised on the outskirts of Camden, New Jersey, Mike Trout is the consensus best player in the game today. Sad to say he's taken, but that doesn't mean we can't look. With being the best comes great perks. To put his contract with the Angels in perspective, he makes $98,000 per day for the next 12 years. Yes, please.

4. Kris Byrant.

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Kris Bryant is an All-Star 3B for the Chicago Cubs. Byrant took the league by storm in just his second season and led the Cubs to their first World Series, ending a 108 year drought. Did I mention that he has a bromance with the aforementioned Bryce Harper?

5. Carlos Correa.

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The shortstop for the Houston Astros has carved out a nice little career so far. Correa has three Gold Glove awards, three All-Star appearances, and a World Series title. All this before the age of 25. All that is cool, but have you seen him in uniform?

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29 Insane Jose Canseco Tweets

"I see the inner dragon of people"
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Retired baseballer Jose Canseco's Twitter account is a goldmine, overlooked by many but home to dozens upon dozens of bewildering and hilarious dispatches from his enigmatic psyche. Among his favorite topics are the "sandsquatch," his ex-wife, and the various beings of the supernatural. I compiled a number of my favorite tweets.


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I don't even know what the fuck is going on here.


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10. In which Jose patronizes Jack Nicholson


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These last three are my personal favorites.


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Cover Image Credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/jose-canseco-goats-pulled-over-twitter_n_4316666.html

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Dexter Fowler Deserves An Apology

Roughly a fourth of the way through the season, it's very clear that a lot of us were wrong about Fowler.

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Baseball is a mental game just as much, if not more of a physical one. Baseball is one of those unique games where failure is present at all times. If you hold a .300 batting average, you've got a pretty good chance of getting into the Hall of Fame. For context, Ty Cobb holds the record for highest career batting average at .366 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In any other sport, if you're only successful 30% of the time, you're rarely viewed as excellent in your sport.

But I don't think the nature of the game usually sways fans from shortsighted opinions and conclusions about the players, especially if they're on our own team. Cardinals fans went through something very similar with our own Dexter Fowler, and some of us really dragged him through the mud. In the second year of his five-year, $82 million deal, Fowler had the worst statistical years of his career. A .180 batting average with a .278 OBP were the cornerstones on what was a very confusing year for many Cardinals fans.

But I want to be very clear when I say that there were two camps with the Fowler situation: those who thought the year was simply a statistical outlier and those who thought that Fowler was at the end of his career, the Cardinals were foolish to give him the money and that the team would be better off trading him if they could find a suitable trade partner for such "broken goods". And maybe this is just my biased Cardinals Twitter point of view, but I felt like the second group was definitely the vocal majority.

But what I think we often forget to remember is there are real people out there playing that game. As weird as that may sound, sports fans often forget that athletes are just as vulnerable to the mental lows that plague so many everyday Americans. Dexter Fowler spent the majority of last season in a deep depression that was both caused and a source of his poor performance on the field. And I'm sure all the negative press he got and the angry fans in his mentions didn't help in the slightest.

But the Cardinals never gave up on him, and for good reason. The numbers Fowler has put up this season are outstanding thus far with still roughly 80% of the season left to play. The commitment the front office showed to Fowler is a reflection of the culture established that makes players want to come and play for this organization. The Cardinals never gave up on him, and so many fans should have taken that same approach. As I said earlier, those are real people out there playing in those Cardinal uniforms.

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