Why Baseball is Different

For anyone who doesn’t like baseball, there are a couple of things that people don’t usually consider that make it stand out.

  1. Baseball is the only sport that positions the defense as the team in possession of the object.
  2. Baseball is the only sport without a time limit.
  3. Baseball is one of the few sports where the defense can’t “foul” you or “screen” your vision of the object.
  4. Baseball is the only sport where the player with the object (when pitching) aims not at the center of the target, but at its edges.
  5. Baseball is one of the few sports (the only one I can think of actually) that does not require good cardio for success. The longest one runs is in the outfield…sprints at most a hundred feet to the side or the back wall…and running the bases for a rare inside the park home run, altogether three hundred and sixty feet. Usually, it is a sprint to one base, which is only, of course, ninety feet.
  6. Baseball is the only team sport besides curling that doesn’t have a “man or woman “on” you.
  7. Baseball is the only sport where the offense does not see the plan of the defense until the release of the object. (Football is close, but defenses do have to finally position themselves before the hike, if even just for a split second. In baseball, the type of pitch is masked the entire time, as a signal from the catcher to the pitcher.
  8. Baseball is the only sport that does not require uniform measurements and angles on one of its boundaries (varied distances and shapes of outfield walls).
  9. Baseball is the only sport that allows a victory lap (home run) during the game.
  10. Baseball is the only sport through which the goal is to come home.
  11. Baseball is the only sport that houses the teams waiting to contribute offensively in small lean-to’s (dugouts).
  12. Baseball is the only sport that considers success 3 out of 10 times as good. (.300 batting average).
  13. Baseball is the only sport that has its own song that applies for every team (Take Me Out To The Ballgame).
  14. If we look at the world as would Anita Loos, baseball is the only sport with part of the playing field shaped like a girl’s best friend (diamond).
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About maronovitz2015

Michael Aronovitz published his first collection titled Seven Deadly Pleasures through Hippocampus Press in 2009. His first novel Alice Walks came out in a hardcover edition by Centipede Press in 2013, and Dark Renaissance Books published the paperback version in 2014. Aronovitz’s second collection, The Voices in Our Heads was published by Horrified Press in 2014, and The Witch of the Wood, came out through Hippocampus Press in early 2015. Aronovitz’s first young adult novel Becky’s Kiss will be appearing through Vinspire Press in the fall of 2015 and his third hard core adult horror novel titled Phantom Effect will be published by Night Shade Books in the fall of 2015. Michael Aronovitz is a college professor of English and lives with his wife and son in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
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