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Baseball Sucks

I don’t understand what people mean when they talk about baseball “skills”? I mean I guess hitting the ball with a bat is difficult, but other than that…? I mean the only other part to this game is catching the ball, and catching a ball with a big glove isn’t really a skill is it?

I’ve never been a fan of the GAME, but baseball as an American pastime I find very appealing.

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
I’ve never been a fan of the GAME, but baseball as an American pastime I find very appealing.[/quote]

x2. I like the nostalgia aspect, but I’d rather change adult diapers than feign interest in any games beyond little league. Just not my thing.

Where is BONEZ?

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
I’ve never been a fan of the GAME, but baseball as an American pastime I find very appealing.[/quote]

Agreed. Although I have no interest, I do think it takes skill along with every other sport…except cheerleading…but its not a sport so thats irrelevant…

The hardest thing to do in sports is hitting a baseball. I don’t even play baseball. As a matter of fact, I hate baseball. It’s so Goddamn boring.

Anyways, there are definitely some skills in baseball besides hitting and catching. Fielding a ground ball is hard, as well.

Just my two cents.

CS

I suppose the fact there is a pitcher kinda stomps on the whole no skill thing.

It’s fun to play, or at least as a pitcher, as the game revolves around you. But yeah, definitely sucks to watch. Probably as shitty to watch as soccer. Maybe a tie.


It’s boring, but in the summer it can be a fun time to party and watch players do this.

I hate you all. Baseball is a great sport.

cricket > baseball

^^^lol cricket. OP, I see what you did there. Not drawing me offsides you bastard.

[quote]Mutu wrote:
I don’t understand what people mean when they talk about baseball “skills”? I mean I guess hitting the ball with a bat is difficult, but other than that…? I mean the only other part to this game is catching the ball, and catching a ball with a big glove isn’t really a skill is it?

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Play the game at a high level and then come back here and tell us this.

Fact is, baseball is most likely the hardest of the three major sports to play well at the professional level. Think about it: how old is the typical rookie in the NFL? 22? The NBA? 19? 20? In major league baseball, it’s probably about 23 or 24, and it’s much more rare for a rookie to come in and have an impact than it is in football, maybe about equal in basketball. The point is that it typically takes several years longer to be able to compete at a high level in major league baseball than it does in either the NBA or the NFL. It’s the skill development and refinement that takes longer in baseball, hence the longer wait. In the NBA and the NFL, first round picks may flame out, but they largely make the team their first year. A first round pick in baseball rarely gets an invite to major league camp at Spring Training.

Here’s a question for you Baseball h8ers; Baseball or Soccer?

[quote]rehanb_bl wrote:
cricket > baseball[/quote]

Never really followed baseball but that’s because I grew up with cricket most of my life and still follow it off and on. I can imagine why some people would hate, not understand or find cricket boring, I imagine similar reasons apply to baseball. I’d probably follow baseball more if I was in a state, country or region that followed it. If I lived in Japan for e.g. which has a HUGE baseball following.

[quote]TigerTime wrote:
Here’s a question for you Baseball h8ers; Baseball or Soccer?[/quote]

Soccer. I don’t hate baseball, just haven’t been exposed to the sport as much.

I talked about cricket earlier - there’s a lot cross-over skills between the two sports. Crickets over the last 20 years have learned how to use the baseball flat throw, use mitts for catching practice and some cricket shots like the pull shot is very much based on baseball. Cricket has positions in games where batsmen (batter) come in late innings to score runs rapidly we call them pinch hitters, which I think is similar to baseball.

Michael Jordan found out you can’t just do it. Petered out as a subpar AA player (two levels below the majors), tucked his tail between his legs, went back to being All-World in basketball for a few more seasons.

[quote]punnyguy wrote:
Michael Jordan found out you can’t just do it. Petered out as a subpar AA player (two levels below the majors), tucked his tail between his legs, went back to being All-World in basketball for a few more seasons.[/quote]

FTR there are a very few people who have excelled in two sports at an elite level.

Baseball, as with most sports, is best watched in person IMO.

Watching baseball on TV is boring to me, but being there is a good time.

[quote]XanderBuilt wrote:

[quote]punnyguy wrote:
Michael Jordan found out you can’t just do it. Petered out as a subpar AA player (two levels below the majors), tucked his tail between his legs, went back to being All-World in basketball for a few more seasons.[/quote]

FTR there are a very few people who have excelled in two sports at an elite level.[/quote]

If I remember correctly, Jordan was an All-Star in Little League baseball, of course, so was I so that doesn’t mean anything.

I believe Punngguy was addressing the fact that it does take a lot of skill to play baseball at a high level. The original poster isn’t the first person I’ve heard criticize baseball by stating it requires little skills or anybody could be good at baseball. I always have to laugh at the guys who make comments about how easy baseball is. Most of these guys are at Hooters or sports bars and they do not have the coordination to drink beer without spilling it. I’m not saying this is the original poster.

If it were so easy to play in the majors, why don’t they? How many people would rather play third base for the Yankees, get paid $27 million a year to do so, bang hot women around the country, retire in your 40s or earlier if you want, hell, you would have enough money to last a LONG time unless you are an idiot as opposed to doing your current job which probably pays a lot less than $27 million a year and is more than likely a lot less exciting?

Truthfully, most people can play any sport or do any job if they put in enough time and effort, but some people will always be more successful at certain things than others. Millions of kids in America play football, basketball, baseball, run track, etc. but few become good enough to get paid enough to make it a career. There are a lot of things I don’t like, but I would not call them easy if I’d never tried them.