Here’s my latest for the Magazine:
Baseball is supposed to be fun, you know? Yes, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a billion dollar industry, but that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean that baseball isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢tÃ¢â‚¬â€at its heartÃ¢â‚¬â€entertainment, a diversion that gives us something to think about other than work and life and responsibilities and whatever the Kardashians are doing these days. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a wonderful, exciting drama wrapped up in nine innings of men playing a kidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game.
If itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not fun for you, why bother? (Seriously, so many people just seem angry about their favorite team all the time. Why? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s baseball!)
Too often, MLBÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fun police seem like they want to drain all the excitement out of the best game on earth*. Whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s OaklandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mark Canha or Cubs rookie David Bote feeling like they had to apologize for flipping their bats after particularly memorable home runs, or pitchers throwing at hitters for whatever reasonÃ¢â‚¬â€IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking at you, Jose Urena and Ryan MadsonÃ¢â‚¬â€big league baseball seemingly has an unlimited number of unwritten rules that appear to be designed to take the fun out of the game.
*Other than Fortnite, of course.
Read the entire thing, in which I take a light-hearted look at things that are fun about baseball, including the Reds nicknames from this year’s “Player’s Weekend.”