UK wrote:jim wrote:Transmogrified Tiger wrote:
The one thing that I don't understand, and I'm just making an observation about no one specifically, is how many baseball fans I've seen decry soccer as a boring sport with not enough scoring, and at the same time can really cherish a pitcher's duel in baseball. I guess because soccer's more fluid and there aren't as many concrete successes/failures like there are for each at bat, but still it's something I've noticed.
I can tell you that I officially went from ambivilent to downright hatred of the game when I coached youth baseball.
I don't like it b/c it takes kids away from baseball ala basketball and now Lacrosse as far as the youth is concerned, but I'm selfsih when it comes to that.
I was out at North Central College last Summer and I saw more lacrosse kids playing than baseball players.
Soccer, lacrosse, roller hockey, overzealous high school football coaches, basketball, and probably a few more sports all compete for kids in the summer and it's killing youth baseball. That more than anything is the reason more and more non americans find their way to the Major Leagues. As bad as it sounds kids today almost have to specialize in a sport at the age of 14. I couldn't be more against a kid thinking he has to concentrate on 1 sport but there are so many that do now a days its sickening.