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Seen a lot of people on here saying they like American football and basketball but does anyone like baseball?
But I'm scared this is a trap
Do you know any good documentaries?
To be honest, I got interested when reading about different teams after looking up baseball caps (I need to start wearing one as I'm allergic to sun scream and my skin is getting really sun damaged)
Still do, really.
I really enjoyed The History of the Brooklyn Dodgers, as it gives you a good idea of what happened to baseball franchises. TBH everything else has bored me. If you haven't already, read moneyball, and don;t forget to support the Mets.
It's terrific, and all on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81J2ezwHicg
isnt a documentary but based on a true story and a nice lil film
ed smith's book comparing it to cricket & talking aboot the history and myths and that was really entertaining, probably only from a place of complete british ignorance though... might all be old hat stories.
And took a while to really understand it but I love it
when he joined the Yankees and he sucked ever since
LOVE IT. Go Cubs, etc
This is a bird we can all get behind:
hope it makes it over here
By all accounts probably the most astonishing American Athlete.
or was a couple of months ago, it's very good (totally generic biopic stuff in many ways but if there's on genre where I like things formulaic, it's sports movies)
Plus haven't they had a couple of player strikes?
Seems like an OK sport - stats junky's wet dream - but it's just not cricket.
People miss super mutant freaks like Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez smacking everything out of the ground.
An amazing documentary about Steve Bartman's ill advised catch from the crowd that shafted the Cubs during the 2003 World Series. Some good stuff in there about the curse of the Billy Goat and while being harrowing also allows for immense laughter at how much of a joke the Chicago Cubs are which for a Cardinals fan like myself is very satisfying.
well worth a watch, it's on you tube I think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6NsWdRfgAk
more the history and mythology of it though
yeah, i like it. i don't follow it, but i'd like to play it and have loved watching it on TV when i've been in the states. I'm technically a Giants follower for the same reason i like the 49ers (it's where i first landed in the States) also my dad has a Giants cap, which he bought mostly for functional purposes, i think.
It's probably not as easy now to get in to it as we no longer have Channel 5's fantastic Sunday night coverage. It's a dauntingly technical and slow-paced game to get in to as a novice, coupled with the outrageously packed schedule and a whole slab of teams and personalities to keep track of. It's the most satisfyingly relaxing sport to watch, punctuated with moments of excitement. Few things as good as seeing it live.
Read this if you want something genuinely moving:
Or this to try and get the measure of its most famous proponent:
This is a good account of the breaking of the 'colour line' (pre-Jackie Robinson):
If you want a tawdry first person account of how baseball tried to ruin itself with drugs in the 90s/00s, try this:
Few sports are as good at self-mythologising. It's what makes it fun, the slightly outdated, odd uniforms, the strange rituals and traditions etc. Have a look at Don DeLillo's Underworld to see just how weirdly ingrained it is in the American psyche.
pick up The Art Of Fielding. Basically an extremely good multi-strand love story centered around baseball.
But yeah also Bang the Drum Slowly is excellent.
But basically, what he^ said. It's a lovely read, with lots of baseball-as-philosophy.
This is nice too
this is also nice (but in the complete opposite way)
I'm a Cubs fan, and we actually seem to be doing something decent this year!
some pretty objectionable kids in it
I've been getting in to Japanese baseball having gone to a couple of games over there. The fans are crazy, they have all these really choreographed songs and routines for every player and they sing them for the entire duration of the game when the player is at bat. And when the Yakult Swallows score a run they have this whole dance routine using miniature plastic umbrellas. Like, almost every single person has one. It's great.
Like the organ music
Built a fucking baseball field on his fucking farm, mad bastard.
Not all bad though, Darth Vader is often in the crowd watching.
I've been sort of keeping up since I got back. I like the idea of the Cubs being a bit of a joke team, I support a totally hapless football team so I felt instantly at home.
The Cubs stadium is near the Boys town area which is pretty nice.