What is America’s favorite pastime? Baseball! For over a century, families spent their afternoons together at the ballpark or in front of the television, cheering for their home teams. In fact, many regularly scheduled programs show reruns during the World Series so they do not compete with the popularity of the game. It has been like that as far as I can remember. Baseball has the richest history of all sports. When fans engage with the topic of baseball, they do not only speak of the history of the game, but America’s history as well. Names such as TY Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathews and Babe Ruth have been part of America’s major history. There something about baseball that seems as American as apple pie.
More about Baseball
Baseball is played with nine players active to the team, with one team batting and the other playing in the field and this sport has been around for years. It was first played in 1846 between the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine but it took a decade to reach its extreme popularity. Form minor league baseball had evolved as one of the most popular professional sport of the country and became known as the MLB or the Major League Baseball. The American public came to love the game and Babe Ruth, a very awesome player, is largely credited as being the reason that it became America’s favorite pastime.
Although all professional sports have been faced with different controversies, the love of baseball by fans had been threatened with some players’ use of performance enhancing drugs known as steroids. This had cast a shadow over the sport and fans were divided regarding the issue. It was a controversy that lasted for several years. The public felt that they were cheated or betrayed knowing that there were diehard fans who admire players of this game. There were conclusions drawn that this controversy was true because there was a sudden jump in home runs and improved performance among players who were suspected to be using the drug. Plus, there was cheating when players would cork baseball bats. Nevertheless, hopefully the issue will blow over, and this fine American tradition will continue to bring people together for the years to come, despite losing the luster as the America’s favorite pastime.
Is Baseball still America’s Favorite Pastime?
This is a question that is very difficult to answer. Though we must admit that with the controversy that plagued baseball, many have traded their classic baseball for a big orange ball. Basketball popularity has grown widely and it has become a favorite among many sports fans. It has even become very global that National Basketball Association players are known worldwide. We can from see that the ratings of NBA finals are undeniably high and many people are becoming more into the sport of basketball than baseball nowadays. So, is baseball still America’s favorite pastime? Well, you have to make that call, but for me baseball has been and always will be America’s favorite past time.