I've received a fair number of responses to my question, "What's the big deal about baseball?" Some people told me that they loved baseball but hated baseball books. I also heard from people who agreed with me. Others said that they felt neutral about baseball, but hated other sports, such as basketball, ice hockey and skating. And a few hated me for posing the question.
The best response was from Dana A. Brand. He sent in three short essays from his book, "Mets Fan." With passion and humor, Mr. Brand explains the big deal about baseball.
An excerpt: "It is as if you are riding along on a wave, feeling the unknown future becoming the vivid present and then taking permanent form as the past. In this way, watching baseball is like watching a movie or a play or reading a book. What is different is that those who are creating what you watch do not know what is coming any more than you do. The future is genuinely unknown and unknowable. There isn't even the thuggish certainty that a much stronger team will defeat a much weaker team."
Wow, maybe those of us who thought we hated baseball should check it out again.
The reason I asked to begin with is that I'm open to having my mind changed about it. Mr. Brand's response has given me a glimpse of why people love baseball. It makes me want to read more, and I will. I just bought his book.
Read a bit of what I read on his site.