“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come”
That quote is from James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams. You can argue it’s the best baseball movie ever. Or, is the best baseball movie, Bull Durham, 8 Men Out, For Love of The Game, Major League, Moneyball, The Sandlot, Trouble with The Curve, The Battered Bastards of Baseball? There are few, if any, arguments over the best football movie or best basketball movie. (If the best hoops movie is between Hoosiers and The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, I’m going with Hoosiers)
We love football, basketball, hockey, etc. but they are not baseball. No sport brings people together like baseball. Having a catch in the front yard with dad is passed down from generation through generation. We all played whiffle ball in the front yard or stick ball if you lived in the city. We played, “double or nothing” and “500” growing up. If we didn’t have enough players for 9 on 9, we always had “ghost runners” on base.
My favorite sport to broadcast is baseball. I have the privilege to be the baseball play by play voice for Howard Payne University in Texas. I am having major baseball withdrawals! ESPN knew the masses missed baseball too. Baseball is America’s pastime. (Sorry NFL, but it’s still baseball) We are now able to watch South Korean baseball on ESPN because MLB still has its collective head where it shouldn’t be. The KBO (Korea Baseball Organization) is on ESPN2. You can watch the action with six regular-season English-language broadcast games per week, airing primarily on ESPN2.
You may recognize some of the players in the KBO. Casey Kelley and Tyler Wilson play for the NG Lions. Kelley pitched for the Padres, Giants, and Braves from 2012 thru 2018. Wilson pitched for Baltimore from 2015-2017. The Lotte Giants feature Dan Straily, who sports a 44-40 career record in MLB and Adrian Sampson, who pitched for Seattle and Texas from 2016-2019 Until the MLB starts, hopefully around July, I will be watching KBO baseball and doing play by play of my nephews Little League games.