25 Reasons To Love Baseball

Brahim SekaliContributor IFebruary 17, 2011

25 Reasons To Love Baseball

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    PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 15:  Players from the Seattle Mariners take running drills during a MLB spring training practice at Peoria Stadium on February 15, 2011 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Baseball has it all, from its loving fans, to the money and to the last out of the World Series.

    There are 162 games that expand throughout 44.38 percent of the year. That's not including the heated offseason moves, Spring Training and the best playoffs in sports.

    Here's a look at why baseball is the greatest sport ever!

25. Souvenirs

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Fans attempt to catch home run balls during batting practice prior to the Texas Rangers playing against the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 i
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    Your chances of going home with football after an NFL game or a basketball after an NBA game are close to zero. But catching a home run or a foul ball, now we're talking.

24. Fans Becoming Umpires

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    ATLANTA - AUGUST 14:  An unidentified fan yells at Barry Bonds with a 'Barry Cheats' t-shirt on during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field August 14, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Ima
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    Whether it's a close play at first, or a missed call on a stolen base, fans always want to input their opinion on a call. Even if they're sitting on the 300-level seats.

23. Manual Scoreboard

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    BOSTON - OCTOBER 24:  A view of the numbers used for the manual scoreboard are seen in the room behind the green monster prior to Game One of the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series between the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on
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    I'm personally not a fan of either Wrigley Field or Fenway Park, yet this issue has yet to bother me.

22. Getting a Hit After Intentional Walk

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    CHICAGO - MAY 30: Geovany Soto #18 of the Chicago Cubs calls for an intentional walk against Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning on May 30, 2010 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Pujols finished the game with three h
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    Should of, could of, would of, it's the game of "Ifs" and it never ends.

21. New Season, New Feelings

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Juan Uribe #5 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after the Giants won 3-1 against the Texas Rangers in Game Five of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Pho
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    A player can be coming off the worst season of his career, but that doesn't matter when it's a new season. The BA of .211 doesn't mean a thing in the next season.

    Everyone starts with a .000 average. Every pitcher has a 0-0 record with a zero ERA.

20. Feels Good To Be Hungry

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    BOSTON - OCTOBER 14:  Food vendor prepares and serves hot dogs during Game five of the 2003 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on October 14, 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Yankees de
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    What's a better deal than a $5 hot dog with a $8 beer? Absolutely nothing.

19. Procrastination

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    26 Jun 2001:  Manager Bobby Valentine of the New York Mets blows a bubble as his his team takes on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The Cubs won 4-2.  DIGITAL IMAGE.  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Allsport
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    Putting off doing something until the inning is over, yet the inning seems to last forever.

18. The Knuckleball

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    BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 08:  Tim Wakefield #49 of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 8, 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Whether it's going to land in the strike zone, or hit the batter warming up on the on-deck circle, this pitch is arguably the best in baseball.

17. Not Top 10

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Infielder Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays catches a foul ball as shortstop Jason Bartlett #8 is there to back him up against the Minnesota Twins during the game on September 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Pete
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    Three players converging on a pop-up and nobody catching it, forgetting the count and walking toward first base, oversliding second base after a steal attempt, whiffing on a pitch that's in the dirt—oh, the list goes on.

16. Extra Innings

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    BOSTON - OCTOBER 16:  A Boston Red Sox fan holds out hope during extra innings of game 7 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees October 16 , 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts. The New York Yankees defeated the
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    Just sit there, hold your breath and hope your team pulls away with the win. The only problem, you don't know how long you have to hold it for.

15. Confusion!

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWWOD REPORTER OUT)  Dodger fan Pat Theodora buys a beer in 'The Dugout Club' at Dodger Stadium on July 26, 2005 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
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    Who cares what a balk does or what happens after an error. Just sit back, relax and enjoy a warm summer day with a cold refreshing beer. After all, you don't need to know everything about the game to be able to follow the game.

14. At Bat Warm Up Songs

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    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - JUNE 30:  Musician and former baseball player of the New York Yankees Bernie Williams plays the national anthem on his guitar before the game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on June 30, 20
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    Hispanic players have Latino music, African American players put on rap and hip hop, while white players go with the old-fashioned rock/country.

    Not only does it get the players pumped up, but us true fans pay attention to the songs.

13. Women In Skimpy Clothes

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    BRONX, NY - AUGUST 26:  Woman fan of the New York Yankees heading to her seat during the game against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, on August 26, 2002. The Yankees defeated the Rangers 10-3. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Im
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    The picture says it all.

12. Fantasy Baseball

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    PITTSBURGH - JULY 7: (L-R) Fans Michael Kutilek, 12, Griffin Conley, 11, and Brody Smith, 13, of Oakmont, Pennsylvania, participate in a fantasy sports broadcast during the opening day of Fan Fest for the Major League Baseball 2006 All-Star game at the Da
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    The more leagues, the better it gets.

11. Mascots

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 16:  The Phillie Phanatic performs during Game One of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park on October 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Ph
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    Half of them don't make sense, yet are hilarious to watch.

10. Stealing Signals

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Asdrubal Cabera #13 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated thirdbase coach Joel Skinner (R) as he heads to home plate after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning against the New York Yankees during Game One
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    There's so many little, tricky things those coaches can do. Do not underestimate them.

9. Interleague Play

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    13 Apr 2001:  Ben Petrick #6 of the Colorado Rockies holds his bat on his head after striking out against pitcher Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.  <DIGITAL IMAGE> Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT
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    Watching AL pitchers try to bat! Half of them don't even look right with a bat in their hands.

8. The Month of March

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    JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 16:  St. Louis Cardinals players take batting practice at Roger Dean Stadium on February 16, 2011 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Nothing feels better than living up the excitement of the last couple of weeks before the season starts.

7. The Beauty of a Perfect Game

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra
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    Simply the best feat a pitcher can accomplish in a single game.

6. 12-6 Curveball

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    It's all physics!

5. Inside-the-Park Home Runs

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    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 04:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers runs to third base against the San Francisco Giants during a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 4, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    Getting a double or a triple is one thing, but scoring all the way from home plate after sprinting and running out of breath is another.

    Just ask Prince Fielder!

4. Bench-Clearing Brawls

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Florida Marlins holds back Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets as New York Mets third base coach Sandy Alomar #28 holds back Marlins players Fredi Gonzalez #33, Dan Uggla #6 and Miguel Olivo #30 after a f
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    The lovely, exciting blood-rush feeling when both benches clear (even the bullpen comes rushing in).

3. Home Plate Collisions

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 12:  Ty Wigginton #19 of the Pittsburgh Pirates collides with catcher Yadier Molina #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals at home plate during a game at Busch Stadium on September 12, 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals won 4-3.  (P
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    Helmet-to-helmet contact has been banned in the NFL.

    Hard intentional fouls have been given harsh consequences, yet the bone-crushing, hard collisions at home plate are still part of this game.

    We can only hope it stays for a couple more seasons.

2. Rain Delays

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22:  Members of the New York Yankees grounds keeping crew cover the field at the start of a rain delay during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 22, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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    Getting soaked in rain on a hot 90 degree summer afternoon even feels better than it sounds.

1. Hit By Pitch

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Kelly Shoppach #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays is hit by a pitch in the seventh-inning against the New York Yankees on September 23, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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    Imagine an NBA player taking a basketball and shoving it at his opponent, or an NHL star hitting a slap shot into another player for no reason, it's just morally wrong, right?

    Well, not in baseball. Being hit by pitches has became a big part of the game, and has increased its percentage over the years, making the game much more exciting to watch.