|09-23-2003, 01:43 AM||#1|
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Hi! It's about time baseball reasserts itself as the greatest sport! Period!
I am so glad to have found this website (Through Baseball Prospectus). The only way I can describe this forum... is like a homecoming. A place where people can have educated opinions about a particular angle on a player and not have the thread digress to a discussion on the political merits of the atom bomb.
I am so glad that there is a baseball forum where people can explore all the different facets of the magnificent game on tightly kept threads without people who claim to be baseball fans continually bash the game. ( I can appreciate people who are frustrated with certain aspects of the game, as you will see I am. What I am reffering to are people who bash simply to bash, you know, to look clever.)
And I am particularly glad that this forum is maintained and contributed to by people who understand the overall impact that this game has had and continues to have on our society.
How do I know that this forum contains within it's threads the integrity I speak of?
Because I have been a devoted follwer of these threads for some time now, but have been quite intimidated by the depth and length of those contributing. I mean Will Carol - Will Carol! - for crying out loud stops by to ask you folks what you think of his new book he is working on. Pretty darn impressive.
However, I know I come up a bit short in the candle power, but my passion and enthusiasm for the game I promise is not surpassed by anyone I know in my daily contacts in life.
A particular area that I have been given to furrowing my brow over in my waking hours is trying to figure out why baseball is no longer BASEBALL.
What I mean is this...
When I was 8 years old in 1978, every boy my age was consumed with one thing: "Flipping", or swapping baseball cards. The game of the week on Saturdays was a nationally, not regionally, televised game. Football was something people watched for the most part because baseball season was over. Playing little league was a rite of passage.
I guees what I'm leading up tp is that I feel like I woke up one day and baseball is not the baseball I remember.
I want baseball to do well, because it is so obviously a superior sport to the others in so many ways, the biggest one is that it is not a sport of the fast food variety. It is a sport that has been basted with the gravy of Grandmas favorite recipe and set in the oven to be slowly cooked for the Sunday dinner.
I'm sorry I have "chatted" away so long on this thread. i hope people here understand what I am trying to say.
I just wish baseball would start marketing itself better for once, and start listening to the ideas that Bill James has come up with in his revised historical abstract.
I really hope that I'm welcome here. I promise that I'll have a shorter leash in upcoming cotributions to any thread.
Thank you for having me, Swan.
|09-23-2003, 06:20 AM||#3|
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|09-23-2003, 09:56 AM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Don't be intimidated by Will... we knew Will before he was Will!
Welcome to the site. Jump and join the discussion. I am sure you will enjoy it.
|09-23-2003, 11:55 AM||#5|
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swan, great to have you here! anyone who loves baseball as you do is most welcome...
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|09-23-2003, 12:11 PM||#6|
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Some of us have even been to a bar with Will....
...well, it was T.G.I. Friday's, but anyway.
Yeah, we have some minor celebrities stopping by, from Will to Lee Sinins of the Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia and Around the Majors reports, to the Hall of Fame's Bruce Markusen. Plus lots of nobodies like me.
I find the fora here especially helpful during the long, cold winter. Nothing like a good hot stove!
|09-24-2003, 11:46 AM||#7|
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Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
You are in the right place if you want to talk baseball and learn about baseball. Check out the gallerys and written features on the home page.
Look forward to your next post.
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|09-24-2003, 08:12 PM||#8|
“Nostalgia is the tint of our longings over what we remember.”
Most everything in life you have to buck up or rise up to. But because baseball is a game we don’t HAVE to do that with that. It’s a Peter Pan thing maybe. Or something in how seasons reoccur.
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