Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio…?
Joltin’ Joe’s long gone and what was once America’s pastime is now mostly an afterthought.
"Man, I don’t even know who’s playin in the Series," is 95% of the feedback you get today at work or if you speak to ordinary people at bars or in passing. Nobody knows What’s more – and sadly – almost nobody seems to care.
Baseball, like real movies, is fading away.
For many reasons. We all hear it’s too slow. That’s because of the larger scale violence given to us by the NFL and Colllege Footballl. Take out the nine million commercials and football is a fast, violent game. And players are in way better shape in the NFL than in Major League Baseball.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some younger baseball players with decent bods, but too many look like they just ate twice at Gates.
Ladies like player’s butts and bods, but players stay longer in baseball. It’s not unusal to have a team with several 33-plus year olds. Like the YANKEES. To prove my point, there are several more television programs right now on football than baseball even though baseball is in the post season.
And while the NFL has few white players, 90% or more are at least Americans.
In football the uniforms hide the player’s color or "where he’s from" look. Whereas in baseball more than half the players are Latino. Case in point, the Yankee’s lineup yesterday in their final loss sending them home; Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeria, Mariano Rivera, Rafael Soriano, CC Sabathia and more. And unlike the NFL, these guys just wear a ball cap and no helmet so we can see what they look like.
The only real violence in the baseball is sliding home, a pitcher throwing at your head, running into a wall trying to catch a fly ball or fights between players.
That’s not enough to hold people’s interest.
Throw in Roids, player strikes, too many games, the cost of going to ball parks, and that not as many kids play baseball out in the yard or with dad anymore.
When I was a little kid, baseball was everything.
We’d sneak radios into school just to listen to the Yankees/St. Louis World Series. In fact once in a blue moon our teacher would roll in the crummy black and white TV and let us watch Micky Mantle and Roger Maris try and save the Yanks.
In the mid 60’s our Kansas City A’s stunk but we had a young Chiefs team.
Still the NFL was not anywhere near the level of baseball. There was no Super Bowl yet. In 1964 the talk was about baseball. Two short years later things began to change. Mickey Mantle was gone and a team from Green Bay played the Kansas City Chiefs in Los Angeles for the championship in the first-ever Super Bowl.
Yeah, today baseball is nearly a local sport. Sure, we want the Royals to do well and the New York fans still love their Yanks. St. Louis and the LA Dodgers, along with New York, still matter to many people. Just not as many and not enough.
Baseball is now a distant third behind the NFL, College Football and soon the NBA and College Hoops. Yes, it’s very sad.
Another thing from Kansas City’s recent past is being stomped into the ground.
How do we pay those big salaries?
Yep, "Joltin Joe has left and gone away…..hey-hey-hey, hey-hey-hey…"