There has been talk for a long time about the game of baseball being too lengthy, boring, and decreasing in fan interest. You can think what you want, but many of the people who make this claim also support soccer or lacrosse, so keep that in mind.
Baseball IS America’s pastime. There is no argument to this. The game has already been changed enough recently, and will become a joke if it continues to change more.
Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper recently had something to say about the game of baseball. According to ESPN The Magazine, Harper states “Baseball is tired. It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself. You can’t do what people in other sports do.”
Now, I do not completely disagree with Harper here. What he’s saying does make sense and many people probably agree with him. But is baseball really “tired”? The game of baseball has not slowed down at any point, it’s just had a few changes to ruling in recent years. Baseball is supposed to be different from the other sports. Baseball having these differences is what makes people like me love the game with a passion.
“You can’t do what people in other sports do.” Okay, first off, baseball doesn’t need to be like the other sports. It is great the way it is. Second, if what you mean by this is constant showboating and carrying a team single-handedly, leave that in the other sports. We don’t need that in baseball. Team-work and class are two of the many things that make baseball differ from other sports.
Overall, I believe the game of baseball does not need to be changed, and it is not any less exciting than the other sports. So is baseball “tired”? Again, think what you want, but baseball is still the greatest game it has always been.