How can you not be romantic about baseball after hearing that? In fact, if you didn't book a reservation at the nicest restaurant in town for baseball, put on your one nice outfit, and even rubbed one out so you didn't go into the bedroom with a loaded gun while making sweet love to our national pastime, you are a communist asshole. Or Rob Manfred.
I didn't think I'd be making a sex joke about the sport of baseball and James Earl Jones when I woke up this morning. But that's why we stay on the blogging grind
Yes there are plenty of things wrong with Major League Baseball. The pace of games in a world full of brains that can pay attention to something for 30 seconds max. The lack of any real plan to entice future generations of fans. Hell I'll be honest with you, I love my baseball team but I will forget 24 or so teams in baseball exist once NFL season begins in six days (Sidenote: FUCK YEAH).
However everything Joey Votto said about baseball is why this game has withstood the test of time and could withstand some of the worst leadership I've ever seen. The odd quirks that makes every ballpark different along with the odd uniformity that makes every game the same. That speech is what you would get if you plugged a pair of headphones into my guy Chris Castellani's soul and it's fucking beautiful.
Now if you will excuse me, I'm going to go ask my kids to have a catch (They are going to say no because they have 1000 different entertainment options they like more than baseball with no effort by MLB to take their eyeballs off any of the multiple screens they own).
P.S. To be clear, Joey Votto's speech didn't actually make me fall in love with baseball again. It was the 2022 New York Mets, who just took the season series from the Dodgers and may actually be good, despite hundreds if not thousands of people telling me that was not the case all year. We talked about that series against the big bad Dodgers, who tops our MLB power rankings this week, and why we are taking The Field to win the AL East against the Yankees on the Barstool Sportsbook today's We Gotta Believe.