"1. America flourished under the sport. 2. Baseball is the best sport to watch at the venue. 3. There are great traditions in baseball. 4. Along with traditions, there is fantastic food. 5. Dedicated fans."
"It has been a long, long time since baseball was truly America’s pastime, and it has nothing to do with anything baseball has done wrong. It has been since … television. Television universalized and quantified viewing experiences, and ratings’ ability to capture just how many people are watching at a certain time incentivized the “event” nature of football rather than the everyday perpetuity of baseball. The NFL is terrific to watch on television in a way baseball isn’t and never was, and we are a nation of television watchers. The minute people realized how easy football was to follow on television—even if it really tells you very little of what’s actually going on—was the minute baseball stopped being America’s pastime."