I love baseball. I also love the new crop of young, talented, and exciting players in today’s game. Dudes like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig, Manny Machado, Carlos Stanton, and Kris Bryant are just what the sport needs, especially as it seems to have it’s feet stuck in the mud with today’s generation of player.
For the most part baseball is way to slow and boring for the casual viewer. Yes, I enjoy it, but I totally understand why many people can’t keep focused. There’s downtime, and most importantly a lack of “swagger.” In the NFL or the NBA you see celebrations, dances, and excitement. In the MLB you see “unwritten (horseshit) rules”
A few week’s ago young Bryce Harper had this to say.“Baseball’s tired,” he says. “It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself. You can’t do what people in other sports do. I’m not saying baseball is, you know, boring or anything like that, but it’s the excitement of the young guys who are coming into the game now who have flair.
I agree, the old bag, saggy sack “legends” of the past need to embrace the excitement of the future. Here at Cheeseknuckles we support “Bat flip Friday,” so of course we embrace the flair. I have never understood why a guy can’t stand and watch his mammoth bomb, or why he can’t pound his glove after tossing a fastball high and tight. Shit, if I hit a homer in the major leagues, I would sit down Indian style and soak it all up.
The unwritten rules are bullshit and I hope the young guys I mentioned above change the game.
PS: When I played, I smashed the seams off the ball. Fucking GOAT. During one bomb my first base coach started yelling at me to run. My simple response back to him. “It’s out of here, baby”
Me watching my homer:
Like why is this a fight? Just one small example.