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Couldn’t agree more with pretty much everything you said. One of the the beautiful things about baseball is that every call an umpire ever makes, there’s no disputing that a call must be made. Ball or strike. Safe or out. Fair or foul. Caught the ball or trapped it. Interfered or didn’t interfere. Ran out of the baseline or didn’t run out of it. The list goes on an on. Everyone might not agree with the call, of course, but they do agree that a call must be made. In basketball, however (and in football too, for that matter), for every obvious call that must be made (goaltending, say, or 24 second violation), there are countless instances of everyone wondering “Is that a foul? Is that not a foul? Who knows?” It’s still a great game, basketball is. You simply can’t compete with the perfection of baseball.
Oh please!!! Sitting in the press box with Marty again?
Outside of ATT Park, Major League Baseball is a tired, anachronistic bore.
Nothing says fun like a Wednesday afternoon snoozer in mid August with 6500 of your closest friends at the mistake by the lake.
Who could miss the drama of a Twins v Indians snoozer with watery beer, 90% humidity, mosquitos the size of sparrows and the enduring fragrance of Lake Erie.
These are the games where the strike zone spans the ankles to the eyes and anything between the on deck circles goes because everybody in both dugouts wants to get home before dinner.
Don’t even get me started about the books of unwritten rules that would span britanica sized volumes of stupidity.
Hoops is played by passionate people who lean and push and shove and run and sweat and swear for 48 minutes.
The rules are actually written down and the same game, played by the same rules blows the rafters off buildings across the great expanse of the land.
I am in agreement if you are talking about going to a game, especially at ATT. But on TV, there is no comparison. Baseball is a total snooze fest until the playoffs. Give me basketball with all the faults you pointed out. At least I can stay awake during the entire game.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.