Baseball: Our favorite past time, not favorite sport

“Take me out to the ball game,” is a song known nationwide, but has since faded into the background, along with the sport of its inspiration.

Sure, baseball is still America’s favorite past time, but it’s not our favorite sport.

This was proven at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, when South Korea took home the Gold medal, Cuba took home silver, and the United States took home bronze.

The athletic world has changed since 1908 when the iconic song was written.

America has changed and evolved.

Football is the new Baseball, in the same way that atheism has become the new Christianity, here in the United States.

A school in Panama City Florida has faith week with two Christian based clubs, but now they are taking a whole new spin on things. Their new atheist club will be joining the week of faith, as well as joining the other estimated 240 college and high school atheist clubs.

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Yes, the way America works has changed.

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks are out; nachos and beer are in.

“People ask me what I do in winter, when there is no baseball,” Rogers Hornsby once said. “I’ll tell you what I do.”

“I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

Hornsby, born in 1896, played professional ball from 1915-1937 for the Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Braves and Browns and was a product of an entirely different America, a different generation. I would suspect that if he were to come back here for just a day he would be sick to his stomach.

His quote is no longer valid for the fans of America, who at one point in time would have sat patiently waiting, in the windowsill right next to him. Now, during those long winter months, we spend Sunday after Sunday watching out favorite football teams.

These days, baseball is just the sport that fills an empty void until football season rolls back around for most Americans.

“Baseball players are smarter than football players,” Jim Bouton, a former MLB pitcher who started his career in 1962 with the New York Yankees said. “How often do you see a baseball team penalized for having too many men on the field?”

Maybe he is right. Maybe baseball players are a smarter breed of athletes, which, in NFL players’ defense, could be credited to hard hits and concussions.

In the opening week 2010 NFL season, the NFL saw four concussions.

The football phenomenon has broken out of the south and into the rest of the U.S, and has swept through the American people, taking scores of loyal baseball aficionados and turning them into football traitors.