Hot dogs, steamy summer afternoons and stadiums packed to the brim. These are a handful of qualities which we associate with baseball. While this sport may be as American as apple pie, you will be surprised to learn that its origins can be traced back to Canada and even England (as a variant of cricket). Still, many will argue that baseball is the most well-known sport on the planet and that this popularity continues to grow as the world becomes even more interconnected. Why is this the case? What are the main reasons behind such a universal appeal? Let us take a look at some worthwhile theories to consider before drawing any firm conclusions.
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Many sports will require a significant amount of athleticism in order to be considered for a team. Basketball is defined by height and speed. American football is based a great deal off of physical size. Hockey is inevitably associated with balance and aggression. However, baseball is slightly different. Some of the most famous players such as Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle did not live the healthiest of lifestyles. Their talents can still never be denied.
Baseball instead relies upon an innate quality that cannot be taught. Keeping one’s “eye on the ball” and having a knack for hand-eye coordination often define a great player. As opposed to sports based solely upon physical prowess, baseball requires other talents such as strategy, patience and the ability to react well under pressure. This is one of the reasons why players of all shapes and sizes are able to enjoy a game; even if within their own backyards.
Much More than an All-American Pastime
While there is no doubt that the United States is the current home of baseball, this sport has taken on what can only be called a global presence. From the streets of Madrid to the hills of China, fans continue to enjoy a fast-paced game or two. This is why calling baseball an American sport might be a slight mistake. While it originated in North America, defining baseball by a specific region is no longer valid.
We should also point out that baseball is one of the most popular sports for those who are betting enthusiasts. Countless individuals will use the power of the online community to place a wager and to (hopefully) walk away a winner. Thanks to modern technology, baseball games can now be live streamed over portable devices such as mobile phones and tablets. In other words, it is always possible to tune into a live game; regardless of your physical location.
What does the future of baseball have in store? Although this is a difficult question to answer, there is no doubt that it will become even more popular with its global audience. Whether you hope to become a professional player one day or you are an avid fan, baseball is indeed here to stay. Get ready to sit back, relax and play ball!