Today, baseball season starts again. (The day I’m writing this post, not the day it comes up.) It’s officially opening day for the whole MLB, which means ESPN is going to be full of baseball-related coverage again. Baseball Tonight might make a comeback, given the increased attention towards baseball now.
I’m going to talk briefly about my history of enjoying the sport of baseball, and what I know about it. My favorite team, since I was a little, pint-sized kid, has always been the Boston Red Sox. I know I live too close to New York to really make the proximity argument any more, but after being a fan for so long, it’s impossible for me to switch sides at this point. I could never see myself being a Yankees fan, given the rivalry between these teams.
When I was young, possibly in 6th grade, I started watching baseball in my room before bed. I remember the season I started watching baseball was around 2005-2006, and then a couple years later the Red Sox would win the World Series for the second time in four years. It was a momentous achievement, and I was able to watch it live like a real fan. This past year, they also won the World Series, but I wasn’t watching.
It’s been years since I’ve paid much attention to baseball. I’ve been to games at both Fenway Park and the old, destroyed Yankee Stadium, mostly with family members, but haven’t attended a game in years. In doing research for this blog, I came across an article that interested me. One of the first lines discusses the statistic that MLB attendance has been down 4%, and that the MLB is struggling to find ways to make up for the decreased interest in the sport. I guess I’m one of those people.