Sat Apr 2, 2016, 11:38 AM

John McGrath: Reports of baseball’s death are greatly exaggerated — since 1868

Major League Baseball lucked into a blockbuster for the nightcap of its season-opening tripleheader Sunday: the New York Mets at the defending champion Kansas City Royals.

The game already was on the 2016 schedule before the teams squared off in a 2015 World Series notable for the kind of contentiousness that found Mets starter Noah Syndergaard turning the first pitch of Game 3 into a high-and-tight statement meant to intimidate Royals leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar, in particular, and any teammates who valued their cheekbones, in general.

Rumors abound that the Royals are planning retribution — love ’em or loathe ’em, it’s how they roll — which is another reason for casual fans to watch the ESPN telecast.

A day later, when the Nielsen ratings are revealed, this dream scenario for opening day will show a national television audience significantly smaller than, say, a midseason game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets. Still more evidence, as the acclaimed media philosopher Marshall McLuhan put it in 1969, that “baseball is doomed.”

McLuhan wasn’t the first person to forecast the doom awaiting baseball. He wasn’t even the first person to forecast it during the ’60s.

“Somehow or other, they don’t play ball nowadays as they used to some eight or 10 years ago. I don’t mean to say they don’t play it as well, but I mean that they don’t play with the same kind of feelings.”

Peter O’Brien, captain of the Brooklyn Atlantics, shared those suspicions about baseball’s long-term health. ...

In 1868.

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If only I could "die" like baseball has allegedly been doing for over 100 years. I'd be freakin' immortal.

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Sat Apr 2, 2016, 11:48 AM

1. Stopped watching baseball after the first baseball strike. Never watched it again. Stopped watching

all sports in 1998. If I want to watch crooks and thieves, I'll tune into political websites. The money and corruption ended sports for me.

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Sat Apr 2, 2016, 12:11 PM

2. Try amateur or youth sports, Joe.


I watched my oldest son progress from Little League All-Star, to travel team ball - playing in showcase tournaments all up and down the East Coast, to All-District high school player, to four years of varsity college ball (three of them as a starter) who ended his college career with a .345 BA.
The untold hours I spent watching him play rank among the most pleasurable moments of my life.

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