I know this isn't exactly BREAKING and someone in some thread or another may have posted this in the past couple weeks. Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk, in a column posted after the WBC ended, did a really beautiful job (some would say Grant-esque) of writing about what makes the languid pace of baseball season so great. I thought I'd share it with the McCoven who hadn't read it.
"...Baseball is not football and basketball. Or hockey or soccer for that matter... It is not “the national competition.” It is “the national pastime.” It is a game which can and often does fade into the background over the course of months as opposed to demanding that we drop what we are doing and Take Notice. It is the soundtrack or score to the summer for most people. The accompaniment which complements our days and nights, not the concert or main event which demands that we block out those days and nights and refrain from other obligations. It is always there, not as a loud roar, but as a steady, comforting hum that maintains no matter what else is going on in our lives, and thank God for that, because our lives can and often do carry plenty of drama and intensity of their own.
Those who disparage baseball — and there are many — frequently claim these things to be the very problem with the game. But baseball’s calm and steady nature and its, eventually anyway, slowly-building intensity are features, not bugs. To suggest that the very aspects of baseball which make it unique and enjoyable to so many people constitute its essential problem is to fundamentally misunderstand its essential nature."
Full article here: http://bit.ly/YX0TGE