7 Reasons Baseball Is The Sport Of The Underdog

Home runs land in the cheap seats. In any kind of entertainment, like, oh, say, opera, you’re going to pay more for better seats — that’s sort of just how money works. But in baseball, being in the cheap seats means you’re in the best position for catching home run balls, the must coveted item of any sports fan, the ticket to a happy and successful life — the better the hit, the cheaper the seat it lands in. Just make sure you give the ball to the adorable little kid sitting next to you — otherwise everyone will know you’re broke and an asshole.

You can’t beat a cheap beer and a hot dog. Like Andy Warhol said, “A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.” Great news if you’re the bum! Nothing goes better with sitting in the bleachers on a hot summer day than a cold beer and a hot dog. Sure, you could spring for a kielbasa and a microbrew, but is that really going to beat a kosher dog and a PBR on a hot day? Doubtful.

Two words: fat athletes. Baseball players are highly trained and highly skilled athletes, capable of stunning feats of strength and precision. And many of them do it with a beer belly. Hey, they may be rich, have models for girlfriends and bask in constant admiration — but at least they don’t make you feel bad about it.

There is no ticking clock. What do we associate with running out the clock? Work. Counting the seconds until Friday. So when it comes to relax, there doesn’t need to be a timer. In almost no sport but baseball is this the case. A game takes as long as it needs to take. Important or very close games take a little longer — as they should.

Being in the crowd is slightly dangerous. A little bit of danger makes everything more fun — a rickety roller coaster, an unsanctioned rope swing. Drugs. Anyone who’s ever been in the path of a rocketing foul ball knows firsthand how quickly baseball can go from sleep inducing to skull denting. But hey, players get hit all the time. The fans should have to take one for the team now and then, shouldn’t they?

Games are not restricted to nights and weekends. Unlike other sports where you have to wait an entire week between games, baseball goes on almost constantly. This is a sport that doesn’t overlook its under-their-luck fans who could really use a diversion around 4:00 on a Tuesday afternoon. Just walk down to the park and pay 20 bucks for a seat in the home run-catching section.

At the bat, it’s one man versus the world. In life, it’s always you versus everyone else. It’s the same in baseball, which is why baseball analogies work in so many situations. The batter is the lone man on offense. Even if there are other guys on his team out there, they’re of no use — he can help them, but they can’t help him. On all sides, he’s surrounded by the enemy, and they want nothing more than to embarrass him. But he’s not going to let that happen. He’s the hero. He’s the man. TC mark


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  • Alex

    Beers are way overpriced at baseball games and ive never seen a fat baseball player. dumb list.

    • http://www.facebook.com/albert.qian Albert Qian

      You have obviously never seen Prince Fielder, have you?

    • Josh

      Uh… Babe Ruth… you moron.

    • DLD

      You are dumb. There is at least one fatty on every team in the American League–usually the DH or a starting pitcher with a big personality.

      For reference: David Ortiz, David Wells, Manny Ramirez, Cecil Fielder, C.C. Sabathia.

  • http://www.outdoormagazines.com outdoormagazines

    Teams like the Yankees and Red Sox are in contention every year because of the massive payrolls they have. It’s refreshing to see the Pirates and A’s in it this year given they have small payrolls.

    • Sara

      Not a huge baseball fan (I need fights) but I’m really excited for the Pirates doing so well this season. It’s about time! :)

  • Brett

    I love this! This is a really well thought-out, concise list of all the things I love about baseball.

  • 26yearold

    GO GIANTS!!!

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