Baseball vs Football
I love Football! I consider it my favorite sport! I love it for the
speed, the strategy, the athleticism, the play-calling, and even the
violence... and there's nothing like the passion of College Football!
BUT, since Baseball is finally here I have to say there is something special about the game of Baseball. You really can't compare the
two. In fact, I think Baseball is more of a thinking man's game.
Here's why... on one hand you could say Baseball is a much slower
game. There's all the time between pitches with players tightening
their batting gloves, re-setting their helmets, adjusting their junk, taking the
signs, spitting etc... etc... But in between each pitch I consider
how I'd pitch to a certain batter. I wonder where the batter is going
to try and put the ball in play. I like the tension between the
pitcher and batter on each pitch. Man-to-man. Mano-y-mano. It's
Can Kimbrel throw this heater past him? Will Medlen get a batter to
swing at a great Slider? Will the runner get caught leaning too far
at first so Hudson can pick him off? Is the Ump calling a fair
strike-zone? Men on 1st and 2nd, 1 out, single to Right... does the
3rd base coach wave the runner in?? There's a new situation with
every pitch based on the count... how many outs you have... how many
men on base...?
In Football, you have to keep your eye on 22 men on every play! But
who can do that?? In Baseball, as soon as the ball is in play, there
is only one guy to watch as he fields the ball! He can't hide. If he
blows it... we ALL see it. If the third baseman throws it over the
head of the first baseman, it's an error and we all see it. In
Football, if the Left Guard holds his man, we'll probably need a
replay to see it. In Football, if the Cornerback holds the receiver
we need slow-mo to see it from another angle! But in Baseball, if the
SS doesn't handle the short-hop just right, we all see it and we don't
need a replay to get it. The runner beats the throw and man on first!
And, unlike football where 1 TD doesn't change the game dramatically,
one hit can alter the entire game. If you're down by 4 runs with
bases loaded in the 8th... how awesome is it to see a guy jack a grand
slam??? He blows the game wide open!!
Football is a game of strategy for sure! It's a BIG event with
gladiators looking to kill each other on every play! But, Baseball?
Man... On a muggy July night at Turner Field... with a cold brew and a
bag of peanuts...? There's nothing like watching the boys of summer
as one batter and one pitcher go face to face on every single pitch!
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