Blogs can be about anything, anything at all. They can be movie reviews, movie bashing… or about technology, cars, the economy, or even private thoughts. So, why out of everything would I decide to start a blog about baseball, and why would I decide to write it in first person? Well, the answer is simple, but it does require just a little bit of explanation, so I will expand.
Ignoring the fact that baseball has been something I have treasured my entire life, baseball is a sport that is unlike anything else, and any other sport out there. Some consider it to be a gentleman’s sport, some say it’s “true team” sport, and some consider it to barely be a sport at all (though we won’t talk about those people). While all of the above can be debated and discussed, there is one thing that everyone can agree on, and that’s that baseball brings people together in a unique way. A way that no other sport can, and at any level. Whether you’re playing city league softball, or in the majors, there is something to be said about the camaraderie that develops among the teams, and even the fans. Maybe it’s because you’re not trying to run into other people at full force like other sports… or get into fights… no one really knows. The only thing we know for certain is that whenever you step on the field, you become family, something we all need.
I wish I made it into the majors, but for every ball player, we all do. I never did, obviously, but that’s okay, because I can still experience some of the best parts of the game. I have played on several leagues throughout my life, from kids league, to high school ball, to city league softball. While they all had their own things, the one common denominator stayed the same, the fun. I have become lifelong friends with some people I have met on teams, something that I never accomplished in any other sport.
So, in short, I started this blog simply for the fact that the sport itself can bring people together, and make a family member out of a complete stranger, and what better way to experience that than with a blog? Will I talk about stats, futures, complaints, etc.? Of course. However, that will work hand in hand with the real meaning of the blog, the companionship, which leads me to the other question.
When I first thought about doing this, I knew I wanted it to be in first person, simply for the fact that I too wanted to be a part of the family I hope to create, not just some all-watching, numbers-driven mystery character. This blog will share stories of experience, what it’s like to go to games, and so much more, and there is nothing I would like more than to join the ride. Baseball just isn’t about the numbers, it’s about the stories, which usually never make headlines.
Blogs can be little, or so much more, hopefully I can relate to the latter.