Most of you know I don’t particularly care for sports. My father was SPORTS-A-HOLIC, and as such, when he wasn’t watching football, basketball, baseball, softball and hockey he was refereeing/umpiring football, basketball, baseball, softball and hockey (in his off time).
When I became disabled (initially@ age 12) sports were pretty much off the table. He did try to teach me tennis, however.
After the disability, I became effectively a sports orphan (You’ve heard of sports widows?)
So, the announcement the World Series began Wednesday night last was a big yawn for me. Fox News did a poll:
Q: The World Series begins Wednesday night. Who will win?
When I was a kid, the over-emphasized sports thing aside, Baseball -The National Pastime, had fans and followers, even among kids who didn’t really care. I liked a number of teams, and players. As my Dad refereed Cactus League games (Spring training camp games) there was access to famous players.
My Dad even got me an Ernie Banks autographed baseball ! (which I subsequently ruined, not understanding the history or meaning of such a souvenir.)
Hell, I was in grade school, what did I know?
When I saw the Fox News poll, it got me to wondering: With all the movies, video games, texting, computers, etc., is Baseball still the National Pastime?
Or is it just like so many other things from the mid-Twentieth Century? A ruined historical souvenir?