How Baseball Became The Great American Pastime

It’s hard to go anywhere in America these days without being smacked in the face with baseball merchandise. Every city has a baseball team that they love an almost alarming amount, so much so that they invest millions into their teams every year. Every city wants to be the best in baseball and so they will buy the best players, upgrade their stadiums, and do anything to keep their adoring fans happy. Say the word baseball in any bar in any city and you’re bound to start some sort of riot, usually between Yankee and Sox fans. It’s obvious that baseball has engraved itself into American culture and it shows no sign of going anywhere anytime soon. But, just how did baseball become the great American pastime that everyone cherishes today?

The History

If you look back historically, then it is easy to see why the sport is held so dearly to the average American. People label baseball as the first professionally played sport in America, due to the establishment of the National American Leagues in 1871.  Other sports like soccer and basketball were not played professionally until the turn of the 20th century, and so baseball has had a position in our culture for far longer, meaning that it is understandable that people resonate with the sport so much.  Due to its position as one of the only professional sports available to play, baseball managed to gain a huge following from its early established days. Everyone wanted to take part, and so they did.

 

The Sport

The game itself, depending on what level you play at, is extremely inclusive. The rules are pretty straightforward and depending on how big your pitch is, the game isn’t necessarily too athletic. There are hundreds of leagues that match the capability group of any kind of baseball fan. From children that enjoy the game, dads who want a bit of time with their friends or just someone who is looking for some fun competitive sports, this game is perfect for anyone. This is one of the reasons that the game has continued to be so popular throughout the years, as it is something an entire family can take part in. Plus, it’s not a game that is hard to be good at if you do all of the necessary research and practice, there are plenty of sites online that provide handy tips on how to really make the most of the game. It’s always a good idea to turn to the Baseball Bible when you are looking for some advice on how to play the game to the best of your ability, sometimes getting the right equipment can really help you out so looking at these handy sites can make playing the game a lot easier.

 

The culture that surrounds baseball has also helped it stay very prevalent in society. Nothing brings America together more than the upcoming world series, even if you support opposing teams, it’s easy to get on with someone that loves your favorite sport just as much as you do. There is nothing more American than adorning your team’s colors, meeting up with your friends, and watching the game. America’s commercial sector also makes the most of this, businesses decorate their buildings based on their local team and sell beloved merchandise that everyone displays proudly.  The baseball season really brings every city to life with excitement, it provides a sense of community that really brings everyone together, so what is not to love?

 

Attending a baseball game is bound to get you hooked on the entire sport, even if you’re someone who doesn’t really care about the game. The atmosphere is absolutely electric, with the sound of cheering crowds and salesmen flogging merch and greasy food, being on a game is a great way to bond with people you have never met before and is an environment unlike any that you have ever been in before. It only gets better as the game goes on, as people make or lose out on home runs the crowd shifts in feeling and gets rowdy. This may seem intimidating to someone looking in on the game, but when you are part of this feeling, there is nowhere else you would rather be.

 

Americans also hold the sport so dearly because it is arguably their sport. No other country in the world engages with baseball more than the Americans, and so they take a sense of pride in this notion and attempt to be as fanatical as possible about their beloved sport. It’s just a part of the American identity, America would not be America without its love of baseball. It has been a large part of the lives of everyone that lives in America and for some, it would be difficult to imagine their lives without it, that’s why it is the great American pastime.

Why 2020 is the Perfect Year to Start Running

We all could do with spending a bit more of our time on exercise. With the year well and truly started, many of us may have missed our chance to hold onto our fitness-related New Years Resolutions, but it’s never too late to try again. If you want to live your best life, it’s probably worth investing some time and effort into improving your physical health. One of the easiest exercises you can begin to incorporate into your daily routine is running. All you need to get started is a pair of running shoes and you’re off (literally). Part of the beauty of running is that it’s dynamic; You don’t necessarily have to wait for the perfect weather to do it. You can either choose to run outdoors and explore your town or you can incorporate it into your time at the gym and run in place on a treadmill. There’s no better time than now to break out a sweat and to start working on a new and better you.

What Are the Benefits?

You may be wanting to do more If you’re somebody that spends a lot of time indoors or at home, it can be a good idea for you to start doing some exercise outside. Running is a great way to get fit and going on a run in the forest or another scenic location could also have some benefits for your mental health as well as your physical health. Exercise has been proven to release certain ‘happy’ hormones like endorphins in your brain. So, even scientists would recommend it. Running is also excellent for strengthening your muscles and improving your cardiovascular health (in short it’s great for keeping your heart pumping regularly). If you’re looking for more information on the health benefits you can gain from taking up running, healthline has an in-depth account of a number of other benefits on its website. Many people don’t realize that running is actually an excellent exercise if you’re hoping to improve your core strength. If you commit yourself to sprints you’ll be sure to feel it in your obliques.

How Do I Get Started?

Well to get started with running, you’re first going to need to invest in a decent pair of trainers. Don’t worry about blowing all your money on the latest pair of overpriced trainers when you don’t have to. Just make sure they’re comfortable and fit well and you can’t really go wrong. If you’re wanting to start running but you’re not sure where to start you can find countless sites online, like runningandmiles, that can give you advice on everything you’ll need to know to get yourself moving. From smartwatches to all the best running apps, you’ll find advice on topics for runners of every level. It’s probably worth making sure you have a decent pair of earphones. Listening to your favorite music while you run can help make the run feel easier. It may also make your run more enjoyable.

Where Do I Go From Here?

That’s the beauty of running. Literally anywhere. Once you decide where you want to go, there’s nothing stopping you. Your only limit is yourself. It may seem difficult at first and you may not be running as fast or for as long as you may have hoped you would, but with enough time, practice and consistency, you’ll be surprised at how far your legs will be able to take you. Just create a playlist of your favorite running tracks (you can adjust the genre for the different intensities of each run you’re planning on) to help you get started and you’re off.

Good luck!

 

The 3 Most Unusual Sports with Balls

Sports in general have become increasingly popular all over the world as a form of entertainment, fitness and some even choose to do these sports professionally. Mainstream sports have always been popular but there are some more unusual options out there which are great for building teamwork skills, fitness and are just a general great way of getting out of the house. Joining sports teams are great ways to learn about a sport that you have been wanting to get into, it doesn’t matter if you are naturally fit or what skill level you are on, sports are a great way of maintaining your health and having some fun.

 

10 Pin Bowling

A less conventional sport that uses balls would have to be 10 pin bowling, this sport is very popular and is a great sport to play with family and friends. It can get very competitive but this only increases the fun factor. There are many ways that you can get into this sport, bowling kits are available to purchase from many different retailers and for a reasonable price so you can take this fun sport and bring it into your home. This is a great sport for those rainy winter days. Rather than go to the cinema you can go to the 10-pin bowling with your friends, grab a lunch and have a blast knocking down those pins.

There are bowling alleys in every city across the US for this sport, so you can easily visit your local bowling alley. Also, with many of them offering deals should you visit during the week or for students and children you can have fun without breaking the bank which I think we can all agree is a positive. The biggest thing to be aware of is that if you are left handed then you’ll probably need to get your own bowling ball, as most alleys won’t have a left handed option for you.

 

Ping Pong

Ping Pong really is a classic game that everyone has at least had a go at, whether it be at school, at the pub or in your uni dorm i feel confident in saying that we’ve all had a go and had some fun playing this sport. Ping Pong has grown increasingly popular due to its intense high coverage in the olympic games. This is another very competitive sport which can make for hours and hours of fun. For larger groups I would recommend having a tournament to see who is the best.

 

This sport can be considered to be just as skill dependent as tennis as it requires speed, hand eye coordination and highly tuned reflexes. Obviously you don’t have to take it too seriously and I would say that the most important factor is that you are having fun but, should you wish to go down a more professional route with ping pong you may find it useful to join a club or a team and entering tournaments is a great way to get a feel for the process works in professional sporting and how good you really have to be.

 

Rounders

We all remember playing rounders in school, those hot summer days spent running around the field having fun and trying to catch out your opponents. Why not relive those childhood memories and get yourself a bat and ball, a group of family and friends and get yourself playing a big game of rounders. Rounders as a game has lost its popularity in recent years, this is possibly down to the fact that we rarely see any coverage in today’s media around rounder as a professional sport. There are many teams out there available to join for a complete range of ages. It is just knowing where to look for them.

 

The game consists of a batter, backstop, bowler and fielders – the batting team works to hit the ball away from the bowler and fielding team and make it around the home markers before the opposing team has chance to get you out by tapping you or the markers before you have made it around all of the bases or declared yourself safe before capture. The game is built upon a point system depending on which team is the better batters and is great fun for all involved especially on a hot summer’s day.