DONUTS etc. in the On Deck circle @ WSJ.COM
This old news has been circulating the baseball world for a few years now.  The fact that nobody in baseball heeds this advice is shocking to outsiders, but from here it makes perfect sense.  Baseball is often alarmingly archaic and “deep-‘le-sigh-inducing”.  The scientific method isn’t exactly the driving force behind new tactics.  In fact, the past is usually the guiding candlelight as most innovation is scoffed at.  Most often it seems things are done the way they’re done simply because it’s the way they were done before.  What’s complicating there, is that the enduring things in baseball are what’s so aesthetically pleasing and comforting about the game.  Blah Blah Blah pastoral ideal, Norman Rockwell, but its true, let me just finish—the wood, the uniforms, the organ, various deaths on a bun, ketchup—there’s only one game that’s so resolutely passionate about striving for continuity in it’s image.  But make no mistake, the high stakes are beginning to ‘gentrify’ the game, if you will.  Sabermetrics, nutrition, and new strength & conditioning methods to name a few, are changing the complexion of baseball’s inner sanctum.  Metaphorically speaking, baseball is becoming kinda metro.  And literally, so are almost all of the players (FYI).  This process itself is just boring.  Not the metrosexuality, the zapping of personality, pot bellies and fatal flaws.  It’s evolution, baby, or whatever, but It makes fandom as robotic (and even more obnoxious from the cheeto-encrusted couch) as the players must become in order to survive.  Another half-baked, solipsistic conclusion from my outfield…(in which I play left-center, Campana plays right-center and one of my terribly unathletic Jewish friends who knows unathletic isn’t a real word plays short-field)  

DONUTS etc. in the On Deck circle @ WSJ.COM

This old news has been circulating the baseball world for a few years now.  The fact that nobody in baseball heeds this advice is shocking to outsiders, but from here it makes perfect sense.  Baseball is often alarmingly archaic and “deep-‘le-sigh-inducing”.  The scientific method isn’t exactly the driving force behind new tactics.  In fact, the past is usually the guiding candlelight as most innovation is scoffed at.  Most often it seems things are done the way they’re done simply because it’s the way they were done before.  What’s complicating there, is that the enduring things in baseball are what’s so aesthetically pleasing and comforting about the game.  Blah Blah Blah pastoral ideal, Norman Rockwell, but its true, let me just finish—the wood, the uniforms, the organ, various deaths on a bun, ketchup—there’s only one game that’s so resolutely passionate about striving for continuity in it’s image.  But make no mistake, the high stakes are beginning to ‘gentrify’ the game, if you will.  Sabermetrics, nutrition, and new strength & conditioning methods to name a few, are changing the complexion of baseball’s inner sanctum.  Metaphorically speaking, baseball is becoming kinda metro.  And literally, so are almost all of the players (FYI).  This process itself is just boring.  Not the metrosexuality, the zapping of personality, pot bellies and fatal flaws.  It’s evolution, baby, or whatever, but It makes fandom as robotic (and even more obnoxious from the cheeto-encrusted couch) as the players must become in order to survive.  Another half-baked, solipsistic conclusion from my outfield…(in which I play left-center, Campana plays right-center and one of my terribly unathletic Jewish friends who knows unathletic isn’t a real word plays short-field)  

  1. fogelmania said: Really, no matter what your feelings towards the Cubs, there is no need to use that photo and create more pain…even (somewhat inexplicably, though I suppose it resembles religion) for people who were born 10.5 years after that picture was taken.
  2. mightyflynn said: "The zapping of personality, pot bellies and fatal flaws…makes fandom as robotic as the players must become in order to survive." What game are you watching? Overblown criticism like yours is as old as the game. Baseball endures because it evolves.
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