The art within the sport is what makes Baseball so great. Each pitch needing a specific location, and the fact that one has to square up a sphere with a cylinder. There’s an old saying that makes Baseball the greatest sport in the world.
As Earl Weaver said, “You can’t just sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You’ve got to throw the ball over the damn plate and give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game of them all.”
I whole-heartedly believe in this quote. When you think about it, this is what makes Baseball so beautiful. It suggests a new definition of competition. It is the only sport where you have to give the other man a chance and give the other team the exact opportunities that your team gets. It is the only sport where someone can statistically fail and still make it to the Hall of Fame. The beauty of team, and how it cannot be one player who dominated like in basketball or football. You cannot allow one person to hit every time or one person to pitch every game. It is the most individual team sport that there is.
Another part of this beauty is how much that human error can change the outcome of a game. One dropped fly ball can win or lose you a game depending on the situation. Something as little as a pebble on the infield dirt can cause a devastating game 7 loss. Professional Baseball has 162 games. This can show how good a team really is because just about every player on a 40-man roster ends up playing by the end of the season. It doesn’t matter how good the starting nine is.
There are a lot of people who think baseball is dull and too drawn out. But it is the most strategic of all games. It’s like chess with a piece of wood and a ball. It’s an art – and a beautiful one.