Baseball has been the first love and favourite pastime of America for many years now. Born and popularised in America, the game of baseball was never really able to catch on in the rest of the world. According to baseballbible.net, America’s love for this sport has allowed it to prosper and become one of the most followed games in the continent and the world also.
Baseball losing its glory
Being a national favourite, the traditional game has more or less remained the same over the years with only a few changes to the rules. In the fast-paced world of ours, the game is losing out supporters due to its long running times and seasons that stretch for months with no clear winner in sight.
Baseball players were considered as idols and were seldom seen in public commercials as well as other national campaigns. However, this has not been the case for the past few years and baseball, as well as its players, are fast losing their sheen and respect they used to have back in the day.
Fast-paced gaming leagues such as NBA and MLS have overtaken the World Baseball series at an unexpected speed. The reluctance of the sporting authorities to introduce any change has only come back to haunt them as the game loses more followers with each passing day.
Ways to reawaken baseball
While the necessary standard of field rules can be fiddled with to create changes within the game, the game needs something more than a 10-second rule change to reawaken the spirit of baseball in every American heart and beyond.
Here are a few crazy ways one can play baseball while living life on the extreme side –
Organize bat-flipping contests – Celebrations and moves have always been able to catch the eye of the public and go viral. For a game that invented the high-five, crazy contests like bat-flipping could be redemption. Who knows, flipping the bat might go as popular as the infamous bottle flips went in the past year.
Using a trap door on the mound – Won’t it be hilarious to place a trap door underneath the mound that would open up whenever the manager wanted to. No better way to call the pitcher back to the bench, than to slide him through the trap door to the shower room.
Introduce live music in the game format – Everyone likes a little glamor attached to sporting activity. Be it cheerleading squads, or lavishing after-parties, they tend to make an impact. If nothing, you can at least the players in a fashionable way seated on top of an elephant maybe! A car or open jeep would do as well.
Shorten the format to make it more exciting – Small sudden death tournaments with shorter game format would be able to gather a crowd that is looking for something quick and exciting on their weekend. A tried-and-tested method, it is bound to add a breath of fresh air to the dying game of classic baseball.
Things need to change with time. So does the game of baseball! It is only with these fun techniques that the game would be able to recover its lost sheen and become America’s number one pastime that it once was.