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Watching Baseball, Updated & Revised: Discovering the Game Within the Gameby Jerry Remy
The Bold and the Restless
I guess listeners know that I have a not-so-secret addiction to "Days of Our Lives." For me, baseball is also like a soap opera.
In baseball, the soap opera starts opening day and continues to the final day of the season. There are going to be so many ups and downs over 162 games and six months of playing: wins, losses, injuries, players upset at the manager, the manager upset with the players, superstars who refuse to talk to the press, and superstars who talk too much.
In football, you have one game on Sunday and then it is all preparation until the next game a week later. Baseball changes every day.
During the off-season, people ask me all the time who's going to be in the lineup on opening day. First of all, I have no idea what kind of trades the team will make and who will look good in spring training. And then three days into the season, the opening day roster could be thrown out the window.
Over the course of a season, we don't know if our star shortstop is going to get hurt, or if our superstar pitcher's shoulder is going to fall apart. We don't know if a guy with a great career record as a hitter is inexplicably going to have a terrible season, or if some unheralded rookie is going to tear the cover off the ball for the entire season and take the job of a veteran. These are the days of the baseball soap opera.
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