Posted by MikeT23 on 5/14/2014 2:19:00 PM (view original):
Posted by burnsy483 on 5/14/2014 2:17:00 PM (view original):You're right. They're watching one guy throw a ball to another guy. And the other guy tossing it back to him.
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/14/2014 2:03:00 PM (view original):Most baseball fans watching a pitcher pitch don't see "two guys playing catch."
Posted by burnsy483 on 5/14/2014 12:27:00 PM (view original):Most or some? You seem to think that there are millions upon millions of people watching games and keeping a scorebook. There aren't.
Posted by MikeT23 on 5/14/2014 11:11:00 AM (view original):Most baseball fans see more than that, but ok.
If the ball isn't put in play, it's still two guys playing catch.
I'm not saying baseball is dying but it's #3 in America right now and, if I had to guess, will fall behind soccer at some point if you can't garner the interest of young people.
It's not must-see TV until the 7th inning. Assuming no one has a hit yet.
Going back to this, the soccer thing just came back to me.
Many years ago, I worked with a guy just over from England. We're out having a beer and I'm trying to explain baseball nuances to him. Pitchers setting up hitters in particular. Eventually he said "Why doesn't he just throw another pitch over the plate? The hitter doesn't appear to be able to put the bloody bat on the bloody ball, old chap!" OK, I added "old chap" for the hell of it. Baseball bored him because he didn't understand the subtle things.
So, a month later, we're watching soccer. Dude's on the edge of his seat. And he's trying to explain it to me. To me, it looked like a bunch of guys running around until, every 10-15 minutes, someone took a shot on goal. I didn't understand the subtle nuances of soccer.
How many baseball "fans" do you think get the "little things"?