Major League Baseball is a business; a business that is worth $36 billion and growing. Every year there is a player that signs some sort of record setting contract. Whether it be Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Cabrera, or Mike Trout there is massive amounts of money being paid out to these players. They aren’t the only ones making money. Besides the owners this business provides jobs to the people in the front office, concession workers, ticket sales, security, and team shop workers. Many people rely on baseball to make a living one way or another, and even though this is a huge business that is not what baseball really means.
“We’re all told at some point in time that we can no longer play the children's game, we just don’t… don’t know when that’s gonna be. Some of us are told at eighteen, some of us are told at forty, but we’re all told.” –Moneyball
Baseball can be many things for people, an oasis, a lifestyle, a job, but to everyone it is just a game. This is what we must always remember; that baseball is a child’s game. This is the simple truth that gets lost daily, whether it be in the media, during the heat of the game, or in the business. The older we get the more we tend to forget where we came from and how we got to this point. As players grow older and gain more experience their love of the game also grows. Baseball is not a sport where an individual can immediately pick up a ball and make an impact. It takes years and years of practice and failure to become a quality player. These players must not forget where they came from and how they got there.
ICYMI: Mike Trout signs autographs for 15-20 min. before games; says he remembers what it felt like as a kid to go home without an autograph
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 17, 2015
Every fan falls in love with the game at a young age, and looks up to our favorite major leaguers as superheroes. Kids spend hours in the backyard pretending they are Mike Trout, Ken Griffey Jr., or Jim Thome. This love of the game will follow us throughout the rest of our lives. That is where the love all starts; when baseball is at its purest form. Whether it be playing in the state championship or teaching our kids to throw a ball, it will always be there for us. People get lost too often in the business of the game, the wins and losses, and the heartbreak of their favorite team. All too often players of all ages get caught up in the frustrations that surround the game. Every team could use players like Mike Trout, obviously because of his talent, but more importantly because of the person he is. All too often players forget where they came from and who is watching. By signing a few balls or hats he is creating a memory that those kids will remember for the rest of their lives. So whenever the game seems too big for us; whether we are playing or watch we must always remember where it all started.
“I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball” –Pete Rose