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Honest Reasons Why I Don't Watch Major League Baseball

Updated on July 7, 2017
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

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Honest Reasons Why I Don't Watch MLB.

That, my friends, is my hub title and headline all rolled into one sentence. I've just been itching to do that. Thing is, I am completely serious about my headline. Honestly, I do not watch professional baseball at all during the regular season and the only time that I watched the 2016 World Series was because I was secretly a Cubs fan. And I was so tempted to call up my friends who do worship pro baseball and rub it in about the Cubs sticking to their guns and after 106 years, the curse that Babe Ruth put on Wrigley Field was broken.

But I didn't. us hubbers are to be the same on our keyboards as we are in public. We all have an image to protect. Right?

 Theo Epstein, Cubs President of Operations,  talks to reporters before NLCS Game 6.
Theo Epstein, Cubs President of Operations, talks to reporters before NLCS Game 6. | Source
Abner Doubleday, a career  U.S. Army officer and Union  general in the American Civil War.
Abner Doubleday, a career U.S. Army officer and Union general in the American Civil War. | Source

Key Information About

Abner Doubleday, June 26, 1819 – January 26, 1893. Doubleday was a career United States Army officer and Union general in the American War Between The States. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. After the war, he was a prominent member and later president of the Theosophical Society. Doubleday has been historically credited with inventing baseball, although this is untrue.

And as a footnote, there are many, many baseball fans in our country who give Doubleday this honor of being the first man to invent the sport of baseball although it cannot be confirmed. But what is done is done. So on with this hub.

Honest Reasons Why I Don't Watch MLB are so easy to understand if (a key "if") one has tried to watch a few baseball games and did not understand the entire genre, I understand completely. I do not pretend to understand the entire scheme of baseball. Lazy on my behalf.

But, if you want a concise piece about the comparisons between MLB and the NFL, you will be either surprised, shocked, or not be affected in the least.

Joe Maddon Cubs' manager.
Joe Maddon Cubs' manager. | Source
1981 NFL New York Jets  Wide Receiver Wesley Walker  Press Photo.
1981 NFL New York Jets Wide Receiver Wesley Walker Press Photo. | Source
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. | Source
Former Royal, Ben Zobrist wins  World Series MVP for Cubs in 2016.
Former Royal, Ben Zobrist wins World Series MVP for Cubs in 2016. | Source
Probable starting backfield  for Chicago Bears in 1956  NFL Championship.
Probable starting backfield for Chicago Bears in 1956 NFL Championship. | Source
Chicago Cubs make the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Chicago Cubs make the cover of Sports Illustrated. | Source
The greatest announcement  for Cubs fans in 106 years.
The greatest announcement for Cubs fans in 106 years. | Source
Cubs World Series at last.
Cubs World Series at last. | Source

Batter up!

Time -- in baseball, there are nine innings unless the teams end up with an equal number of runs, then there is the term, "extra innings." The same thing applies with NFL teams where there are four, 15-minute quarters. Hey, "football widows," I feel your disgust at a team if things were considered equal, NFL, college and even high school football games would end when 60 minutes is over. Not with the NFL. I have watched a four-quarter game last for (sometimes) three and a half to four hours.

Number of Players -- in the NFL, there are 11 players on the offense and 11 on defense totaling 22 football players, but this sport has a "second" and "third string" where less-talented football players are sometimes called on to take the place of an injured "first" stringer. I cannot tell you in exact numbers just how many players there are in any given football team--not counting the equipment managers; physical trainers; strength coaching staff, hey, it could add up to huge numbers.

Areas of Play -- for MLB teams is referred to as a diamond shape with bases from "home" to first base through third base. With NFL clubs you have a field measuring 100 yards with an endzone at each end and sidelines at both sides. In laymen's terms, the MLB have a diamond, but NFL teams have a gridiron to use for their field. Somehow I feel that the word "gridiron," sounds much more manly than a diamond.

Scoring -- in NFL teams, you score by your offense passing the opposing defense' endzone giving the offense six points. If that offense kicks the extra point, the team gets seven points, but if that same offense decides to "go for two," that offense stays on the field, calls up a play and either gets two points and if they fail, the team stays at six points. The MLB does not compute scoring in touchdown's, but runs. A batter hits the ball thrown by the opposing pitcher and if he is known as a "power hitter," he can in all probability, hit a "homerun," by running and touching the bases and running back to home base but you only get one run. Seems like a whole lot of work for such a little reward if you ask me.

Penalties -- vary in the NFL and the MLB. Now watch this. In MLB team play, if a player makes a mistake, he is simply given an "error" for dropping a pop fly. The NFL is worse. A player who jumps to the defensive side across the scrimmage line before the quarterback gets the ball, this player has committed a penalty and a referee with a loud whistle lets everyone know it with tossing a dainty yellow flag in his hip pocket. But the umpire in the MLB sees that the error-prone player is angry and about to use bad language to the ump, he is ejected from the game. The same for the NFL player who throws a punch at another player he is disqualified. Such Political Correctness.

Break Time -- is only allowed in the NFL when the two gridiron teams have played two quarters. Then we have sometime that is called the half time. This is the time when coaches yell at the teams who are not doing that well and other coaches are telling their team to pour it on. In the MLB, the teams never get a break unless a player is injured by a mis-thrown ball and hit with the projectile and such things.

Equipment -- MLB players, like the NFL, wear matching uniforms with team logos (e.g. St. Louis Cardinals, a redbird perched on a bat placed on the top front of the uniform running in a diagonal direction). NFL players sometimes show their team pride with team mascots such as the Minnesota Vikings who have Viking horns for their helmets to remind us of our rich Viking heritage.

Coaching -- in the NFL have a head coach, an offensive and defensive coordinator plus their assistants who watch the game from a box high above the field so they can call up the team coordinator that is on the field and before each game, the head coaches and assistants with team members meet to put in a "gameplan" for Saturday (or Sunday's) games. The MLB's coaching personnel may check with their opponents' strong points, watch games with the opponent playing and go from there. Oh, the MLB manager gives each base coach a set of complex signals to give to the hitter or batter. An NFL head coach wears headphones so he can hear the play that his coordinators have called. I have always wondered why the NFL could not get by with just one coach.

Major Games -- such as the NFL's Super Bowl and the MLB's World Series are both the crowning achievements of two of the greatest teams in both divisions. Of course the same can be said about the NBA Finals (Golden State Warriors won, by the way) and the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. All of these and (more that I overlooked) are the games that fans live and look to attend each year. But as for my opinion, I see it this way. I can see and understand the glamor and pagentry of the Super Bowl or the World Series and yes, all of the best of the best in each professional sport, but let me just be frank. If you were blessed enough to see probably the first Super Bowl or maybe 10 consecutive Super Bowls, did you happen to notice that you found yourself enjoying (this) game more by watching the game on television? Simply put, the game, like other big games, grew old to you, right? Hey, I feel the same way.

It is maybe that these huge games are all about time. The time spent that we watch measured in hours to see which team wins and the same is said about watching games in real life. It's about time. And to me, sometimes time gets to being that seeing one thing, namely a major sporting event might have grown too weary to cope with.

Safe!

My hub was not Just About Baseball . . .

Gale Sayers', Chicago Bears running back 1967 heads for paydirt.
Gale Sayers', Chicago Bears running back 1967 heads for paydirt. | Source

© 2017 Kenneth Avery

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