April 02, 2012

Why Baseball is the Best—And Least Exploitative—American Sport...: according to Georgetown University Professor Michael Kazin. "Compared to the dysfunction, scandal, and discontent commonplace in other professional sport, baseball is looking better than ever."

posted by lawn_wrangler to general at 04:55 PM - 5 comments

If concussions truly are the scourge of our time (and I suspect they are/will be, and will change the way certain sports are played), then baseball likely will stand as a more defensible sport than football (and hockey for that matter). I tend to get caught up in the lazy-summer-day nature of baseball and the fact that it has lent itself to probably the most literary treatment of all sports -- much of which is crap, treacly, nostalgia, but some of which is very good.

I enjoyed this recent piece at the New York Times about baseball by Colum McCann.

posted by holden at 11:55 PM on April 03, 2012

Thank you, holden What a beautiful piece by Colum McCann. (As a fellow-Irish-immigrant, of course I'm biased!)

posted by Irish627 at 12:55 AM on April 04, 2012

Completely ignored soccer of course.

posted by scully at 08:57 AM on April 04, 2012

Completely ignored soccer of course.

Well, I think we're going to find out that repeatedly using your head like they do in soccer/football is going to cause problems down the line.

posted by grum@work at 10:51 AM on April 04, 2012

They are seeing more and more head issues in soccer these days. I was reading something a few weeks ago about how players who head the ball a lot are accumulating considerable damage.

posted by Drood at 01:51 AM on April 05, 2012

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