Jim’s WebLetter for 10/28/17

Hi-ya sports fans!

Can I just say something about the difference between watching pro football and watching pro baseball?

We began watching the World Series this year because, I don’t know, it was the Houston Astros verses the Los Angeles Dodgers. If there was a reason to watch, it’s because after Hurricane Harvey did a number on Houston this year, nation-wide TV news and such places as YouTube Live showed people coming together to literally bail those Texans out of the flood conditions. When asked in on-screen interviews, many of them said that they would get the same sort of help from them if they were in trouble. It’s just what people do.

Something that was quite evident was there are A LOT of people who own boats and they didn’t mind one bit hooking them up to their truck and heading to the flood zone to aid trapped people in and around the Houston area. That was the symbol of what America is: in times of crisis, we step up.

As a result, there are a lot of people who are pulling for Houston and their “goodwill ambassadors” the Astros. Yes, I’m one of them.

I have to confess here … I haven’t followed baseball this season, or any season since I was a kid, who played in little league baseball. But I began watching the World Series when I found out the Astros won their spot in the finals.  

Watching the games, it’s great to see how technology has improved to the point you see the batter’s strike zone and where the pitched ball actually landed, as well as its speed thrown. Fox Sports, who is covering the Series, is doing a fabulous job.  

But I said I wanted to draw a difference between football and baseball in the pro ranks. So, here goes.

NFL Football: players kneel during the singing of our National Anthem, not only on national TV, but also in the London games.  

Major League Baseball: players stand with their ball caps held over their hearts, many singing the National Anthem. In the 7th inning stretch (last night), a marine sings “God Bless America”.

NFL Football: coin toss

MLB: throwing out the first pitch (as in last night’s game held in Houston) by a Houston football player who helped raise $37 million to get the city get back on its feet after Harvey.

NFL Football: players shown making royal pa-toots (yes, that’s the phonetical spelling of the word) of themselves, and you know what that word means. 

MLB: players shown waving to the fans, throwing baseballs into the crowds and being helped out of the stands when they try to catch a foul ball that landed beyond their reach.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea.  

Football, it seems, has become outwardly political. Baseball, even with its politics, is pure entertainment.

Now, is there any question as to why baseball is known as America’s favorite pastime?
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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
c-ya!
Jim

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