The Crack of the Bat

Apparently tomorrow, March 30, is opening day for baseball.

I know this by accident—my office TV is tuned to CNN, not expecting sports news.

But tonight Anderson Cooper’s guest, Harry Enten, Senior Data Reporter, asked the question:

Is America’s favorite pastime past its prime? His answer was Yes, and he had data to prove it:

• In 1948, 39% of responders chose baseball as their favorite sport.

Now baseball is at 11% for that question.

• Among 18–29-year-olds, baseball ranks lower than basketball and soccer, with 60% choosing football! Football, or what I like to call the Concussion Sport.

Do I care? Well, I used to. But when I learned that the reason my favorite team left Boston those many years ago was because the owner was losing money—what? It’s a business?—I never rooted for a team again.

Still, I’m a little sad that what I think of as a nonviolent sport is losing ground among fans.



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2 Responses to “The Crack of the Bat”

  1. Camille says:

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your friend. It can sometimes bring more sadness than for a relative, at least for me, with the recent loss of my friend writer Rita Lakin.
    And by the way, I remember when Cleveland beat the Boston Braves in the world series of 1948!

  2. Maryellen says:

    My elderly neighbor spent her summers on her screen porch listening to the Cleveland baseball games in the evening on her radio. We are the corner so we could see her and make sure she went to bed after the game. This is our first summer without Peggy giving us her baseball commentary. She won’t be monitoring my tomato plants either. I will miss her.