Friday, March 5, 2010
Yankees and Red Sox Rivalry: Fourth Commandment
Baseball, more so than any sport, is the American game. Now, this is not because baseball is necessarily the most popular sport in the country -- whether or not that's true could be a matter of opinion, or revenue, or TV numbers. Instead, it's the American game because it so very tightly embraces its own history and, along with it, American history. (I wrote my senior thesis on the evolution of baseball in 20th century American literature -- which I'm sure will make its way into this site at some point. Suffice to say that the sport grows up and evolves because of America's trajectory.)
For franchises in the NBA, NFL and NHL, the historical value lies with the individuals or championship teams. For the MLB, baseball is entwined with history on a higher level: the development of the game with the nation, the affects of the wars and racial integration, the embodiment of American culture and the mix of the pastoral and urban landscapes and migrations that define the people of this nation. All of this, in addition to the people and events of seasons past, are what makes baseball the great American game.