Originally posted by radioactive69
To be brutally honest I find it the slowest and most boring game ever invented.
It must be an American thing
Anyway.......Cuba have won the world championship 24 times as opposed to America 4 times. Cuba has won the Olympics 3 times to your 1. Even Australia finished in front of your lot in 2004. Keep practising boys.........your time will come
Radio, first off. You are not alone. It really is mostly an American thing. So many find it boring as hell. I cant argue with you there. But it is more then just a sport for us. It is what we call a "pastime" for fathers and sons. If you ever get a chance watch the movie "Field of Dreams" with Kevin Costner. Please remember it was made years ago and it might seem a bit silly to you in parts.
But the reason you gave, meaning it "must be an American thing", is the very reason we are the best at it. I have no problem telling you that I am wrong here if I was.
The issue is, the reason you say you would have won, or others have or would is because in the Olympics and other times we play other countries, we never play our best players. In fact you guys are playing our college players. Even in basketball when we used our college players, the professionals from around the world could not compete.
The Olympics and other times we play it is ALWAYS during the heart of our season and our players wont play. It's not really fair to us really. We cant display our players which the parts of the world that love baseball would love to see our Pro's play.
That is the only reason anyone would ever beat us. Your stats don't reflect what is going on in the US during the times we lose or play. We our lucky if we have just a couple of professional players out on the field.
Your country, and everyone you named except Spanish speaking countries can not compete with us, and it will be long after you and I are long gone before anyone can.
Have you not wondered why everyone around the world who play this game, all want to play the Major League's? It is like Basketball. Remember when the US got tired of playing nothing but college players, so we put our pro's on the court. Other countries were so upset with us. lol
We put what we called "The Dream Team" out on the court and even you have to know who was on that team!! Other teams from other countries were getting our players autographs.
It is the same in baseball. This is the country you go to if you want to be considered a baseball player. It's that simple.
But many find it boring. But if you learn the game, and play it as a youth? I think if you are really into sports, you would most likely love it. To hit a pitch that is going almost a 100mph is a skill that most can only dream of. Playing the infield, hitting a home run, moving the players by playing what we call small ball, it is all a lot of fun and amazing to watch the pro's who make it look easy.
But you are not alone in thinking it looks boring. Many feel the way you do including Americans. I just happen to love it, and I played as a youth. Many still remember the first time their father had a catch with them for the first time.
Although, I think we can think of a few sports that are more boring. Think of some ice sports and you will find a few that should not be considered sports.
Australia is beautiful, and you have some amazing professional athletes there. But baseball is not one of your sports. lol
My one friend wants to retire there actually. He has traveled all over the world and said that your country was the most beautiful he has ever encountered. I have not been there yet. But it is on my bucket list.
Try to watch that movie if you can.
I just checked. I was correct. Every country you mentioned? They played their best. And many don't even have enough teams to have a league. The US only played some, less then half of the professional players, and none of them were the All Stars, just good professionals, but most of the team were all made up of College players, and some triple A ball. It is like saying we won the world cup in football/soccer, and in Rugby, but we played professionals, and the rest of the world played high school and college players. Do you think that is an accurate account of how good we would be compared to the rest of the world if that was the case? Same thing.
Field of Dreams is the movie. And look up Tanaka, the pitcher in the American League. He is a hero in is home country. But here, he is just another pitcher.
fyi.... google "winter sport called "Curling" then tell me baseball is the most boring sport in the world. lol lol