Below is a chapter from Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children. Over time we will be posting most of the book, though, should this inspire you to buy a copy, we would not be offended 🙂 Posted chapters can be found in the Table of Contents.

Rule #62: Watch baseball (Dad)

Baseball is beauty: the double-play, hitting the cut-off, the history, the hit-and-run, the high heater, the numbers, the nachos—simply beautiful. And here are my ten reasons why:

Pitcher. Any shape or size can play: chubby, skinny, short, or tall—all are welcome on the field of dreams.

Catcher. Baseball is a team sport. In order to be successful, all twenty-five players must play their part.

1B. In a no-hitter, with a well-timed grand slam or diving catch to end the game, one person can make a difference.

2B. Every team has that person who can play multiple positions; utility and flexibility will keep you playing for years.

3B. With 162 games, the baseball season is a marathon requiring great mental, physical, and emotional discipline.

SS. From signs to timing a pitcher’s delivery to backing up on every play, baseball is full of subtleties and nuance.

LF. Math nerds rule in baseball. Yes, there is “gut” too, but in the statistics, passion and planning are found.

CF. With the Angels, the Padres, and the Rays, who dropped “Devil” from their name, Jesus would choose baseball.

RF. The movies are awesome: A League of Their Own, Bull Durham, For Love of the Game, Major League, and so on.

DH. Suicide squeeze, Triple Crown, perfect game, frozen rope—this is more beauty than one species deserves.

And in case you were wondering, there is no pressure to be an Oakland A’s fan for life. I will still love you-ish.


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