It's not often I can be happy over a Won-Loss record this close to the All-Star Break.
24-8 at Wrigley. 22-12 when not playing at Wrigley.
At least allow the Cubs fans to enjoy the summer for a bit longer.
There is some other good baseball being played across the MLB.
Texas is 44-25. 24-10 at home and 20-15 on the road.
Washington is 43-26. 20-12 at home and 23-14 on the road.
San Francisco is also 43-26. 22-13 at home and 21-13 on the road.
The other two divisions, though the leading team has not yet cracked the 40-win mark, are already in tight races. The AL East finds the first place and third place teams separated by only 2 games and the difference between first place and last place in the division is only 7.5 games. The AL Central finds first place and fourth place separated by only 4.5 games.
I increasingly hear from Americans that baseball is boring, slow and dull (My opinion is that American culture is increasingly distracted, unable to focus and looking for reasons not to stop and take stock of itself). I also hear from pundits that they baseball season is too long and there is no urgency in it. As we have just seen by the current MLB standings, one or two games either way in some of these divisions and your team is in playoff contention or it is not - each game right now is important. Don't let a game slip away in June a team can't get back in September.
Baseball is having a great season this year.
It is drowned out by the NBA Finals (that have lasted 17 days) and even the NFL (not even in season).
Don't listen to the sports pundits and sports talk mouths - keep enjoying baseball and if you haven't begun yet it's never too late to start.
Just look at the numbers.
Baseball season is now again upon us.
I usually grow nostalgic this time of year as the weather finally changes for the warmer and thoughts of days with the sun in the sky can be looked forward to. With thoughts of pleasant days, blooming flowers and greener grass comes hopes of baseball. Spring carries with it many things but for me it will always be most known for when my Dad would haul his softball equipment stowed in his bag out of the closet, oil his glove, re-tape his bats and pull new shiny white balls from their boxes. Most monumental though was when he would tune the family radio from the local news station to the station the radio would play for most of the rest of the year, the station that broadcast the Chicago Cubs games. The warmer weather, the scent of leather and oil, the dust of the bats and the excitement and joy that winter was now over and baseball was back, moved all over my Dad’s face. I’m sure Dad knows it now, but he left me that look, too.
Nine players in the field. Nine players in the lineup scheduled to bat. Nine Innings to play. 27 outs. No time clock. One bat. One ball.
In this day and age of quick, now not then and not later or you and it is old news, baseball stays the same. Say it’s too slow. Say it’s too boring. Say nothing happens. Say - you should learn up and look up from your screen a little before passing judgement.
Remember dinner with your family at the same time every evening. Remember actually talking to your brothers and sisters and mom and dad. Remember when the phone would ring and you had to walk to the place in your house where the phone actually stayed - all the time. Remember when you might not get the phone call you were waiting for because someone was using that one phone in your house. Remember when you had to wait until you got home to use the phone, receive a phone call or maybe if you were lucky check your phone messages in case someone called you when you were not near the phone.
This is baseball. Baseball takes time. Baseball is series of moments. Baseball is a set of events that happen in patient intervals. Baseball is an unfolding story the opens in front of you at its own pace.
Baseball is a conversation that requires you to be speaking, listening, paying attention and actually looking it in the eyes the entire time. Baseball is what this world needs now. Baseball is timeless.
We all need time less, these days.
Now put away your smart phone.
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