World Series Proves Americans Still Care About Baseball

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At one point in time, baseball used to be the most popular sport in the United States and everyone would tune in and go watch the games. Although, like everything in life, times change and new things arise that take more precedence over other things. Such is the same in sports and now the most popular sport in the United States is football, followed closely by basketball. Baseball seemed to have lost its lure. Also, it was tough to get into because players could be bought and there is no salary cap.

That was until the latest World Series featuring the Chicago Cubs vs the Cleveland Indians. This match up and this series captivated the country and had fans young and old talking about the games nonstop. It could have been that the Cubs had not one a World Series since 1908 and everyone in the country was rooting for them. Then there were the Indians, who had not won a World Series since 1948. Both of these teams were fun to watch and they were both fresh new teams that you don't usually see in the Championship game. Regardless of the outcome, it seemed that either team winning, was going to be well deserved, and their fans would experience something they have not experienced in a very long time.

The game seven in this World Series was the most epic game 7 that I, or anyone else I know, have seen in years. Social media was going insane; no matter if you were a Cubs or Indians fan. But even now, in the misty aftermath of that four-hour-and-28-minute psychedelic trip, that was Game 7, between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, we can say this without hesitation: No game in the long history of this sport, or perhaps any other, inspired more people to shout (or text or tweet or whisper) the phrase, “Oh my God!” so many times.

After this epic series, baseball is back and America has taken notice. Game 7 in this series set all-time records for most watched Game 7 of all time. Still, we had Game 7. This beautiful, boring, yet riveting, flawed game of baseball, invented by nobody and everybody, taught to children by Civil War soldiers, national pastime, when America was ascending, symbol of hope for integration before Birmingham and “I Have A Dream,” this game of messy labor fights and various scandals, but also of Henry Aaron, triples, hot dogs smeared with mustard, this game, even now, in the CGI world of 2016, this game can still grab us by the hearts.


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Jeff Bowinkle

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