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    Learn the rules and do not gamble small sums of money. Gambling only serves to make you care more about the outcomes and what determines said outcomes.

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    Play it, don't read about it.

    You could watch people play to start.

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    I heard about a sports shop here in northern ireland which has sold upwards of a thousand baseball bats but never sold a single baseball, I wonder what that's about?
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    The sport moves so slowly and just overall sucks pretty dang badly.

    Basketball and soccer on the other hand are great sports - you just have to like a state of constant flux.

    Clearly change makes for better developments and flat out fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I think the game is similar to rounders

    I just think of baseball as 100% American
    Baseball is often considered to have derived from regional variations of Rounders among English and Irish immigrants (the pre 1845 origins of baseball is surprisingly murky). The first known codification of a rule set distinct from other types of games is in 1845, presumably based on New York variants of Rounders-style games: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origins...der_Cartwright

    It was originally, and no other country has a national culture that essentially evolved alongside baseball, but in terms of popularity its actually a bigger deal in Japan right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorWizard View Post
    The sport moves so slowly and just overall sucks pretty dang badly.

    Basketball and soccer on the other hand are great sports - you just have to like a state of constant flux.

    Clearly change makes for better developments and flat out fun.
    It's all a matter of opinion. I like baseball, but I'd rather sit in the waiting room at the DMV than watch the NBA. It's kind of silly to say that a sport that has been wildly successful for over 100 years "overall sucks pretty dang badly".
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    Baseball is popular for the same reason other sports are popular to watch: you can think of strategies, possibilities, and gauge probabilities. There's always a bit of favoritism in terms of who you want to win, and that's fine. It makes the game more exciting. But baseball changes just as much as any other sport - the changes are just nuanced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    Play it, don't read about it.

    You could watch people play to start.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorWizard View Post
    The sport moves so slowly and just overall sucks pretty dang badly.

    Basketball and soccer on the other hand are great sports - you just have to like a state of constant flux.

    Clearly change makes for better developments and flat out fun.
    I prefer watching fast moving sports too but there's something about baseball that keeps my interest... maybe the anticipation with bursts of action and I enjoy the pitchers. My top two favorites are basketball and baseball. Not all that into football actually. I like extreme sports and tennis too but of course those are fast moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    It's all a matter of opinion. I like baseball, but I'd rather sit in the waiting room at the DMV than watch the NBA. It's kind of silly to say that a sport that has been wildly successful for over 100 years "overall sucks pretty dang badly".
    Baseball is slow on the eyes. There's a whole lot of strategy involved in baseball played by really talented teams and the delays or slow periods have a lot to do with teams controlling the pace, and asserting efforts to dominate the other team. And there's lots of ways they do this.

    I used to think it was just a slow game. And then a design engineer in my office (INTJ), who considers baseball next to kin (especially the Red Sox-his grandfather was a groundskeeper at Fenway Park), shed some light on how the game is played and explained that it is deeply strategic, actually.
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    I can't even understand thinking baseball is boring. The World Baseball Classic is going on right now, you might want to try finding games on tv or online. http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/index.jsp I love hockey and fast sports (I'd rather have a root canal than watch the NBA) but baseball is like the ultimate in nail biting strategy, statistics, percentages, probability....it's so exciting. It helps that my team has power hitting and the Triple Crown winner, Cy Young award winner, Home Run Derby winner..etc. There is NOTHING like seeing a Miguel Cabrera home run in person. Nothing. It's amazing. I second the Ken Burns Baseball series recommendation. It's lovely and there was a good amount I learned from it and I've been around baseball my whole life.

    Apparently, they play baseball in Ireland.
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/20...ll-in-ireland/
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