Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Baseball
by: Aron Wallad
1 The Ultimate Challenge
Hitting a round ball with a round bat. The feeling I would get when I hit the ball. Just think of a baby that is crying
for food. When that baby gets her bottle the first thing you hear is that ahhhhh sound. Oh that ah. When I hit a ball perfectly
I would have that ahhhhh.
2 I call it Contentment at a high level.
I played all the time when I was a kid. Some of my favorite memories were from the diamond. When I hit two home runs in
one game off the star pitcher form our High School team. I rounded the bases in full view of our High School coach. I was
glowing. When I hit a game ending home run off Jay Klein. He thought I could only hit singles. Rounding the bases of redemption
was a another special moment for me. When I broke up two no hitters from the star, city league pitcher. I felt like I had
made the grade, and that was awesome.
3 Easy watching
I can sit in my favorite chair and root for Derek Jeter to hit one up the gap. Holding my breath with every pitch delivered
to him. Or, I can sit and read the paper and view the events of the game through the corner of my eye. Either way is ok with
4 I am amazed by what Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig accomplished in their careers. I look at old film footage, or read about
either The Babe or Larripin Lou and always feel awed by the big numbers they both put on the board. From home runs to RBIs
to batting average to runs scored, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig achieved over and over again.
5 Double my pleasure.
I could play baseball and get a tan at the same time.
6 My sons played and my daughter still plays. I have had the pleasure of sharing joyous moments with my children. Times
that I will not forget. Like when my daughter got the game winning hit against Fair Lawn High School last year. We won 1-0.
I was jumping up and down. I was so excited. I was so happy she delivered.
7 I love all of the statistics. Did you ever see so many stats? Runs, RBIs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, stolen bases
etc..... Comparing eras, or comparing players. Duos like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig – how do they stack up against other
twosomes. Who had the highest batting average in a three or four or five year stint? So many statistics to choose form. It
8 A place to excel
I loved taking a hit away from the batter. I felt great stealing a base. Why is it that stealing is bad except in baseball?
My satisfaction was heightened by a solid hit. This was the best. Ahhhh. I especially felt great rounding the bases after
hitting a homer. I think I know how Babe Ruth felt when he whacked one.
9 My favorite team is the Yankees. Of all the teams I root for in all the professional sports I watch the Yankees are the
only team that wins on a fairly regular basis. All my other teams usually lose. It feels good when my team wins.
10 I love the stories.
Like the story Mickey Mantle tells of the time when he first joined the Yankees. He was not hitting well. His confidence
was dwindling. After days of desperation he called his father when he was playing near Oklahoma. Mickey Mantle was hoping
his father would give him a pep talk. But when Muck Mantle got to the hotel room where Mickey and the New York Yankees were
staying. Muck did not give his son a pep talk. He did the opposite. Mickey’s father told Mickey that he was there to
pick up his son and bring him home. Mickey’s father said that he did not know he raised a quitter. Mickey Mantle got
the message. He started to hit after his father left. He attributes that meeting with his father as a turning point in his
career. I have heard Mickey Mantle tell that story a few times on tape or live. Whenever I hear him tell it I am moved by
Mickey’s love for his father.
11 It is just the greatest game.
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About The Author
Aron Wallad has been a baseball lover for over 45 years. You will love his honesty and his passion..
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