Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 28, 2009

Bring on the sun: Much-anticipated baseball season has begun

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Baseball has another “problem” that neither Selig nor anyone else can change. Baseball is slow. They’ve tried to limit the time pitchers take between pitches, they’ve tried to keep batters from stepping out of the box, and they’ve tried to cut down on trips to the mound.

What they haven’t done is cut down on the commercials.

Too often in our world today, everyone wants instant gratification. People simply don’t have patience. They don’t want to wait in line at a stop light or wait on hold for a few seconds, much less simply relax and watch a baseball game.

I love baseball, and part of the reason is it is slow. What is wrong with going to be a ball park and simply relaxing for a two or three hours and watching a baseball game? Baseball has no clock, and I’m glad it doesn’t.

Now I admit, I have a hard time sitting at home and watching an entire game all the way through on the tube. Baseball simply isn’t a TV sport.

Being there is so much better. It’s easy for me to talk since I have don’t have a family with kids that I’ve got to entertain. Kids are easily bored, they want their video games or Wii or Blackberry or cell phone or whatever the newest technology is out there.

We’re raising a generation of couch potatoes, and they’re going to do the same when they have families.

Thank goodness that didn’t happen to me. My family couldn’t afford a lot of trips to ball games, but the efforts they made — such as a 13-inning Reds-Dodgers game that got us to our ultimate destination in Indiana at the crack of dawn — placed a love in my heart for a game that has never died.

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