Baseball is a game of precision and passion.
It is a game of both strength and grace.
Baseball is more than just a game.
It’s a lifestyle.
This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.
theJudeAbides wrote:but part of the baseball experience is sitting back, drinking a beer, and yelling at the players (not necessarily the opponents), umps, and anybody else within earshot. So, unless Cricket involves that, I really don't care. It is, after all, the American way.
theJudeAbides wrote:I should say, though, that despite it being a "simple" game, it isn't an easy game. I'm not even referring the physical strength required to hit home runs and throw 90 mph fastballs or the speed needed to steal a base and outrun a fly ball. There are always mind games taking place between the pitcher and batter. There are strategies like the hit 'n run, sacrifice fly, suicide squeeze, and whether to bring in a left-handed or right-handed relief pitcher. So to say there's no subtlety to baseball is a bit off. Just because the announcers don't talk about it doesn't mean it isn't there.
Jabba the Taff wrote:I don't understand how people can love baseball but not like cricket.
The Brain wrote:Having had a required unit on cricket in P.E., I know the gist of the game and the basics to gameplay. It seems to me that cricket is actually a lot simpler (for those of you who play, don't take "simpler" as "easier"). (On offense) you simply have to hit the ball with the bat, and run like hell. In baseball, however, the pitching/hitting part is more complex, as their are many different types of pitches, plus (and perhaps there's some bias here) it's more difficult to hit a ball with a relatively horizontal swing, versus a swing in cricket that's nearly perpendicular to the ground.
Then there's the fact that there are four bases to run around in baseball. As you run, you have to assess which base you think you can/need to get to, and whether or not you should sacrifice your own run to advance another runner, or run conservatively on a potentially strong hit.
Kyle wrote:In the US, cricket's popularity rates about the same as, say, curling. It just doesn't have the exposure necessary for us small-minded uncultured folk to bother learning it. You guys can apparently find a game of baseball or 'Murrican football to watch on tv. My folks have super duper satellite tv,and on their hundreds of channels there's not a single cricket match. It's not quite as bad for rest-of-the-world football: games are televised, but usually on Spanish-language channels and almost always at some hideously wee hour of the morning.
Heck, Scrabble gets more tv coverage than cricket over here.
theJudeAbides wrote:I caught Bull Durham on a few nights ago (it was late):This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.
Teekay wrote:As for cricket being more complicated than baseball, it is in some ways, but baseball is a tougher game in other ways. For example, the bat in cricket is bigger, making it easier to get contact on the ball, where in baseball, the bat is much thinner.
Here's one that I'm not sure about, but is there "foul" territory in cricket? As in, an area where you may not run after hitting the ball. This I'm sure makes it easier on batters in cricket, if cricket doesn't have this.
Also, as for baseball being not complex, baseball is very complex. There are a lot of decisions to be made, and a lot of them can have disastrous consequences if you choose wrong. I don't know about the complexity of cricket, though.
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