Opening Day 2017 Why It’s Important To Watch Baseball

Opening Day 2017: Why It’s Important To Watch Baseball: A blog about why baseball is better than any other sport and how to watch it.

The 2017 Major League Baseball season is right around the corner. Every spring I get a bit excited – which is good, because my team (the Arizona Diamondbacks) has yet to win a World Series.

I’ve been watching baseball for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I really grew passionate about the game. Now, no matter how bad or good a season my favorite teams are having, I’m happy to spend hours watching baseball every week.

Why?

Because I find it soothing and relaxing. Because I enjoy the camaraderie between players and fans alike. Because it’s more fun to watch live than on TV (but both are great). Because the strategy is fascinating, even if the rules seem confusing at first. And because there are so many amazing stats involved in every pitch, hit, and catch.

Life Lesson from Baseball

Opening Day is almost here. For me, that means being at the ballpark for the first pitch of the season and staying until the final out. I’m not alone. Many baseball fans share my love for Opening Day, but that doesn’t mean everyone understands why baseball is better than all other sports.

So let me explain why I love Opening Day and why baseball is a better game than all others.

I’ve been a baseball fan since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until college that I discovered what would become my favorite team: the Seattle Mariners. My junior year at University of Washington, I needed statistics help and my teacher was also a big Mariners fan. He invited me to play catch in the quad during lunch and voila! The best teacher-student relationship ever was born.

Since those days, there have been some amazing moments in Mariners history: Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Ichiro Suzuki, Felix Hernandez and more have graced Safeco Field with their amazing talent. But none of those moments matters compared to Opening Day.

Watching your favorite team start a new season brings hope for everything to come. Even if you’re not really expecting your team to win or make it to

It’s opening day for major league baseball, and if you’re anything like me, that means you’re excited to get home from work (or school) and settle in for the evening to watch your favorite team. But if you’re also anything like me, you may have some friends who are telling you that baseball is boring and not worth watching.

Why would anyone say that? I understand why people don’t want to watch sports they don’t care about. I also understand why people don’t want to watch sports they don’t know how to watch. So here are some tips on how to watch a baseball game so you can get more enjoyment out of it, even if it isn’t your favorite team playing.

Today, on April 2nd, 2017, the world’s greatest sport begins its yearly journey. For 162 games, we will watch grown men in tight pants run around in a circle while they hit a ball with a stick. It will be glorious.

The reason I love baseball so much is because it is a sport that can be enjoyed at any level. It can be watched by people who want to know the secrets behind every pitch, or it can be enjoyed by people who just want to see a home run every now and again. And those two groups of people can coexist because baseball has something for everyone.

If you want to play your favorite fantasy football team, then you have to have an entire league of friends that are also playing fantasy football. Baseball has real-time fantasy leagues where you can pick up players as the season progresses and make changes as needed.

If you want to learn more about the intricacies of pitching, then there are endless hours of video out there for you to parse through. There are videos that break down performance from the past game or from years ago when Nolan Ryan was throwing his no-hitter. But there’s also this amazing thing called PitchFX where every single pitch thrown in every single game is tracked

The most important thing about Opening Day is that it’s the beginning of a long, beautiful season. It’s the first day of our yearly ritual, and as such it’s almost always chock-full of hope and promise. Even as we prepare to say goodbye to winter and welcome in spring, we are also welcoming in the start of a new baseball season, which means we have six months or so of fantastic baseball ahead of us.

There are several things that make Opening Day special: the atmosphere at ballparks all around the country is electric, there are great pitching matchups all throughout the day, and we get to see division rivals face off against one another. But what makes it especially memorable is that nearly every single game has some kind of historic significance.

Opening Day is always full of surprises, but more than anything else it is a day for us to feel good about life and baseball and ourselves.

A lot of people believe baseball is a boring sport with no action. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Baseball involves more strategy than any other sport, and it is this mental aspect that makes the game so interesting to watch.

While other sports have one team trying to score on another team, in baseball, each team tries to prevent the other from scoring. Nine defensive players try to prevent three outs from occurring before three runs are scored by their opponent.

Since baseball is low scoring, every pitch has a lot at stake. Each pitch is part of a larger strategy by both teams to outwit the other and gain an advantage over their opponent.

Every hitter has different strengths and weaknesses that a pitcher can take advantage of. A pitcher will try to throw pitches that take advantage of his opponents weaknesses while avoiding his strengths. The batter will then try and guess what type of pitch is coming and adjust accordingly.

What is a baseball game, bottom line, but: an oasis of civility and calm in the middle of an increasingly hectic world?

Baseball games have no clock, so they can’t run out on you. You can’t lose a baseball game on a buzzer-beater.

If you bring home a baseball game on tape delay and watch it with your kids, you will be teaching them that it’s OK to watch television without fast-forwarding through the commercials.

You can take your laptop to a baseball game and get some work done. This is not true of hockey or soccer or tennis.

If you are at a baseball game with your kids and you leave your seat to get them ice cream, you won’t miss anything important.

In baseball, aside from the occasional beanball war, there is no fighting (unless of course you’re sitting next to Billy Martin).

If you attend a baseball game, there is no chance that one team will beat up the other team so badly that the game has to be forfeited. (Although there was once a forfeit in professional ball when one manager got mad at another manager for what amounted to excessive politeness.)

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