Baseball is boring.
How often have you heard that one muttered? For as long as I can remember, the majority of the people I know don’t watch baseball on T.V. because they say it is “boring” and “too slow.” Well there is a new generation of players spearheaded by Cubs’ Javy Baez and his no look tags that are fixing this stigma.
Meanwhile, here's Javy Baez no-look tagging someone on a stolen base, because he is the absolute best. pic.twitter.com/p4mZI8AfFX
— Jon Tayler (@JATayler) March 15, 2017
The old school baseball fan will tell you he hates bat flips, and players need to act like they’ve been there before. Screw him. He is old and boring. He probably watches John Wayne and eats “supper.” Baseball is in no way a dying sport, but some things need to be tweaked to keep the younger less attentive generations interested.
Javy Baez, Francisco Lindor, Carolos Correa, Bryce Harper, and Rougned Odor.
These are just a few of the players that are keeping the game fresh and keeping everyone interested. Not only are they great talents that young players can look up to, but they have the personalities to keep people interested. I’m not sure how many of you watched the WBC game the other night between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, but I am sure all of you saw the clip of Javy Baez celebrating Yadier Molina throwing out a would be base stealer before he even tagged him out. This type of enthusiasm keeps us locked into the games. It gets our adrenaline flowing even if we don’t have a rooting interest. I can’t count the number of times I was watching the Indians and Francisco Lindor’s infectious smile put a smile on my face. You can’t forget all of the dugout shenanigans these guys pull. The bubble gum on the hat. The throwing whatever is available to the guy being interviewed. These players are fun to watch.
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) March 3, 2017
Bat flips have been a highly debated topic in the baseball community since the infamous Jose Bautista bat flip against the Rangers in the 2015 ALDS. This bat flip led to the knockout blow Rougned Odor threw on Bautista the next season. I, for one, love a good bat flip. I also love the ensuing benches clearing brawl that takes place when said hitter gets a fastball in the back. These are story lines. Why do people watch wrestling? They watch for the story lines. Baseball is the greatest soap opera ever created. Each game and season has main plots and sub plots that only the best T.V. writers could dream of. Bryce Harper hits a mammoth home run and yells at the opposing teams dugout. I’m getting jacked up just thinking about it. So listen here, when that old fart poo poo’s a bat flip, or a premature celebration, simply explain to him that he sucks and these guys are making baseball fun again.
P.S. Baseball players are by far the best athletes on social media. See Jason Kipnis