Baseball Has Lost Its Relevance

Baseball Has Lost Its Relevance


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Now you have Chuck Schumer making it political fodder, stumping for legislation that would make it harder for athletes to get human growth hormone.

Already, dozens of major league stars have been named as steroid users. Roger Clemens. Andy Pettitte. Barry Bonds. Oh yeah, that name's been out there.

When I was a kid, I loved the game. I would watch Saturday afternoon games on NBC and take stats. I wanted badly and got Cal Ripken and Ryne Sandberg Topps rookie cards.

But the years have dragged on. Baseball has endured problem after problem. The strikes have been killers. And for me, I've totally given up. I'm a sports fan, and I couldn't tell you who won the World Series five years ago. I think the only reason half of people know the Red Sox won their first World Series in forever in 2004 is because there was that comedy with Drew Barrymore that memorialized it.

Really, football is where it's at these days. Playoff or not, college football rocks baseball's world. I'd rather watch Florida Atlantic and Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl, sponsored by Who Cares!!! instead of the Brewers and Twins.

The NFL is much more relevant to the average sports fan. So is the NBA, college basketball, golf and NASCAR. Throw in the Kentucky Derby, too. If there are few horses at 30:1 with some decent speed, I'd opt to watch the Breeders' Cup.

Soccer is coming up. Baseball's not. It's falling quickly into the same world as WWE wrestling, all while its roided-up stars are some of the highest paid entertainers in the world. At least baseball still has hockey to look down to.

Of course, I'm writing about baseball, so it must have SOME relevance. Then again, did you see my last blog?

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