Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/14/12 at 03:48 PM ET
from Frank Albin of The Daily Chomp at the San Jose Sharks website,
Like you, I enjoy most all sports. Whether it’s on TV, the radio, television, or in person. I’d like to address the ‘live in person’ experience.
I grew up a huge fan of the Detroit Tigers and all of major league baseball. The highlight of most summers was the 1 or 2 games my Dad would take us to. Attending those games brought the game to life. Back in the pre Internet and HD satellite days fans connected with their team primarily by the newspaper, radio and baseball cards. In the late 60’s the Tigers only broadcast 40 games. So you could go weeks without ‘seeing’ them play. Like many have said before, it was simply intoxicating for a 10-year-old to visit Tiger Stadium.
Later we saw some live Red Wings games. As the years ticked by, my friends and I got our driver’s license and went games on our own. Older still I supported local teams where I lived. Baseball has a lot going for it. It is living Americana. Strategically it can be interesting, But maybe best of all it’s a nice day in the sun with friends or family.
In recent years my love affair with baseball has chilled. I now attend one or two games a year. I rarely watch games on TV until playoff time. There are games where I feel I get little or no entertainment value. The DH, trips to the mound and never-ending pitching changes have soured me.
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