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Baseball is dying, you guys

Jun 30, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT


As we observed last week, it’s not enough to note that the World Cup is getting great ratings and is generating a lot of passion and excitement. Or that, generally, soccer continues to grow in the United States. We must turn it into a zero-sum game and observe all of this in the context of baseball’s long-discussed demise (note: the discussion began in the 19th century).

The latest to provide a eulogy — or, technically speaking, a terminal diagnosis: Frank Fitzpatrick of the Philly Inquirer:

Baseball’s been a lifelong companion. But the old game is looking a little frail, and I worry about its future.

I can’t easily express any specific concerns. The worries my gut sense haven’t yet reached my head.

Something doesn’t feel right.

It’s like that moment we first noticed our parents’ mortality. Maybe it was nothing more than an incongruous comment, a faraway look in their eyes, or an uncertain step, but whatever it was, we instinctively knew nothing would ever be the same again.

Of course, all of that is leadup to a discussion of the World Cup. Which while it is wrongheaded and insulting about baseball, manages to insult the World Cup as well by not discussing it on its own terms as opposed to in terms of baseball’s alleged demise.

Then again, the author refers to a game involving “the Florida Marlins” from just last week, so maybe we’re not dealing with a guy who knows a whole hell of a lot about anything.

  1. musketmaniac - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    If people can talk about putting baseball’s epitaph on a soccer ball. I get to day dream a little. and I actually like Bob Uecker.

  2. rje49 - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Doesn’t Fitzparick’s write-up sound so…. overly dramatic?

  3. jrob23 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Craig on his soap box again. God forbid anyone presents their sentiments in an article without this blogger chiming in and putting them down. What a buffoon.

    • DJ MC - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      jrob23 on his soapbox again. God forbid anyone presents their sentiments in a post without this commenter chiming in and putting them down. What a buffoon.

  4. musketmaniac - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    the yellow rose of Texas is the Vidalia onion

  5. ramrene - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM


    Seriously? Baseball dying? Soccer growing in popularity?

    I’ve been hearing the same old tune from guys like you for the last 40-years. “Oh, soccer is getting more popular”. That’s what they said in the ’70’s, ’80’s & ’90s. Then they tried to wrap it in a new package with a different bow when David Beckham signed on to play in LA but truth be told. Soccer never caught on the way people said it would. Little kids play AYSO until they get exposed to baseball, basketball, and football then it’s game over for soccer.

    As for baseball dying… puhleeze.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      More people go to soccer games on a per game basis than NHL and NBA. Again, it’s not going to overtake MLB or football, but it is growing in popularity.

  6. bkool37 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Everyone gets excited about the Olympics or the World Cup that occurs every four years or if the WBC was better scheduled they would get just as excited to be patriotic. However if you had such a tournament every year it wouldn’t mean as much. Comparing passion for country compared to passion for professional club is not near the same thing in the US.

    The MLS is growing, but only in acquiring old has beens from Europe instead of actually proving to convince the best US athletes to play.

    Until the MLS can complete by having 81 home games a season averaging at least 15 to 20 K there is no debate. Now of course if we keep electing democrats that want to open our borders indefinitely soccer will overtake our whole country, but that won’t be because it is better than baseball but because of a govt that didn’t understand the importance of preserving the most American that exists.

    • therealjonpalmer - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      I was going to up vote your comments. That is, until your last paragraph, when you started spewing that Tea-bagger anti-immigrant garbage.

  7. chaffee5355 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    SURPRISED ?. Don’t be it’s been coming for a long time. Helping it along are the likes of A-Rod and how long guys like him have been taking performance enhancing drugs. Too, there are no more super stars and the local pride is gone. Add that to the astronomical cost imposed to see a game and pay for mediocre players. Then, you have the boredom of the game because it moves so slow and the fact, that it’s like potatoes and chicken, there aren’t any new ways to fix it without destroying what it is. Game specialists have taken over what was the thrill of watching a game, in that a good pitcher doing a great job because the other team put a left-handed batter in to face your righty and the “Skipper” can’t let that happen. Whatever happened to the double header.? Well you can’t do that anymore because you can’t let a fan see two games in one day anymore for one admission because, the owners can’t afford it. They have to pay the over paid prima donnas who couldn’t hold a candle to the old time players who played for the love of the game.

  8. 4d3fect - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    “Baseball is dying”

    “The Year of the Linux Desktop”

    “Immigrants are scary and disease ridden”

    “enter clickbait cliche headline here”

  9. danangme69 - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    I thought roller derby was the fastest growing sport in America

  10. kmo25 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    I couldn’t agree more but it’s not dying due to soccer it’s dying for lacrosse from what I see. When oldest son was 14 he played in the Babe Ruth league which consisted of 14,15 & 16 year olds in the town. (population around 60,000) In the league there were 12 Babe Ruth Teams, plus for those that did not make Babe Ruth we had a AAA League. Now, the Babe Ruth league is down to 6 teams and the AAA division is down to 4 teams!! That’s a lot of kids not playing baseball. Many kids call baseball too boring and want to play lacrosse which is faster and held at the same time.

  11. extavernmouse - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Much as I dislike just about everything Ann Coulter believes in, her article about soccer last week is much better than what Fitzpatrick wrote. To compared the World Cup, a once-every-four-years phenomenon, to a regular-season baseball game is ridiculous. Every four years everyone loves curling, too.

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