Why Baseball Is The Best Sport

20 Reasons Why Baseball SZN Is The BEST SZN

"There's no crying in baseball!"


"There's no crying in baseball!" (Tom Hanks in "A League Of Their Own").

There has never been a truer sentence than that one. The start of baseball season means the start of summer, long nights, good food and memories being made. What movies are the ones that turn out to be classics? Baseball movies. There truly is nothing better than going out to the ballpark (except for maybe the traffic).

Still not convinced? Well, I'm here to prove to you that baseball is America's past time for a multitude of reasons...

1. There's nothing like cheering in the stands

2. Peanuts and cracker jacks? Sign me up

3. Actually, all ballpark food is pretty much the bomb. Hotdogs, burgers, beer, fries, and my personal favorite, Dippin' Dots!

4. The different traditions that each ballpark has. The Nationals have the President mascots race and the Orioles always open the game by playing "Magic To Do."

5. The patriotism and pride you feel when the Star Spangled Banner is sung

6. The excitement of the first pitch of the game!

7. Whenever a home run is hit!

8. And when balls are hit into the stadium

9. Watching to see if you make it on the Jumbotron and when you do, waving and taking in your 5 seconds of fame

10. Two words: Baseball. Butts.

11. Who doesn't love the 7th inning stretch when everyone sings "Take Me Out To The Ballgame??" (also, does any other sport have a special song that they sing at every game no matter who's playing? Didn't think so)

12. That fun game of getting the attention of a vendor and then the occasional group effort of the crowd to get the money to the vendor and the beer to the buyer but teamwork makes the dream work

13. When it's a doubleheader!

14. When it's the bottom of the eighth inning

15. The iconic kiss cam

16. Being able to see your favorite players live in person (even if you are in the nosebleed section)

17. Sometimes the ballpark gives away free stuff like t-shirts! Even if they don't, getting souvenirs is always exciting!

18. I would argue that baseball is one of the least stressful sports to watch simply because of the flow of the game and the atmosphere surrounds you

19. Dippin Dots. I know I said that before but there's nothing like eating Dippin' Dots and watching some ball

20. Baseball has a long, rich, colorful history that makes the game so iconic and fun and once you go to a game, you'll understand what I'm talking about

So, while football, hockey and soccer games can be fun to go to, they're nothing quite like a good 'ol baseball game! Baseball is called America's pastime for a reason. The game is a time-honored tradition that keeps the fans coming. It's truly a home run for all!

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3. Whitney Miller - Wake Surfer/Former Miss USA

4. Jennie Finch - Softball

5. Eugenie Bouchard - Tennis

6. Alex Morgan - Soccer

7. Danica Patrick - NASCAR

8. Maria Sharapova - Tennis

9. Misty May-Treanor - Volleyball

10. Ellen Hoog - Field Hockey

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14. Ali Krieger - Soccer

15. Silje Norendal - Snowboarder

16. Gracie Gold - Figure Skater

18. Amanda Beard - Swimmer

19. Shawn Johnson - Gymnastics

20. Beatriz Recari - Golf

21. Stephanie Rice - Swimmer

22. Blair O'Neal - Golf

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.


On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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