HEAD TO HEAD: America's favorite pastime

Written by Muleskinner Staff

Story by Jason Strickland, Sports Editor—
JasonBaseball season is here, and people wearing Royals and Cardinals gear can be found throughout campus. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t like baseball. According to a Harris Poll, baseball is the second most popular sport behind pro football in the U.S.
An argument against baseball is the duration of the season. Eight months, including spring training, and 162 regular season games is a lot, but that is about the same as football season if you count the preseason, and people don’t complain about that.
The best part of baseball is the atmosphere and the energy of the sport. Anyone can enjoy going to a baseball game because it is simple to understand what is going on.
It’s a way to get out of the house and relax. It can be a good stress reliever because of the length of the season, fans don’t get angry over one loss like in other sports.
If your favorite team loses, you shrug it off and watch them again the next day. Who doesn’t love watching their team almost everyday?
Baseball gives you an excuse to laze around the house all day if you can’t make it to the game. If you can go to the game, gong to the old ballpark is a fun thing to do any day of the week. The beauty is you don’t have to wait a week to watch it like football.
You just can’t beat the atmosphere of a baseball game. It is America’s pastime, and always will be.
So grab the beer and sunflower seeds and relax the next seven months.
Story by Andy Lyons, News Editor—
AndyI really don’t understand what all the hoopla is about when it comes to baseball season.
The season started with camps and exhibition games in February, and the World Series is slated to begin the last week of October.
That’s an eight month season that spans more than 160 games.
I feel bad for season ticket holders, how boring!
After the first couple months of the season the good teams will be out ahead and the mediocre teams will be sliding, much to the dismay of Royals fans every single season.  Then there’s an outcry about the salary cap.
That brings me to my next point; it’s a sport without a salary cap.
Everyone is so confused when the same teams are ahead of the pack every single year.
A prime example is Alex Rodriquez of the Yankees, who makes $29 million a year, while the entire Houston Astros team makes $25 million.
The teams with the money available and willingness to pay the great players are the teams that make the playoffs every year.
There are exceptions, such as the Red Sox slide at the end of last season, but the argument can be made that coaches and players not doing their jobs are to blame.
Really, I just look forward to football season because in a 16 week season every game matters, especially your two games against division rivals.
I do pay a bit of attention to baseball, because in Missouri everyone loves baseball and I catch a lot of flak for my affiliation to Chicago teams.
Fall will be here soon enough though.  Bear down!