Buck, Ozzie, and the Sociology of Baseball


BuckAs we get closer to baseball season, the sociology of baseball becomes more and more apparent. Today there were two news stories that highlight the relationship between baseball and society.

First, there was the article about Buck Showalter and O’s prospect Josh Hart. Apparently, Hart didn’t know who Frank Robinson was – or what he represented – when he was visiting the team the other day. So, Buck decided to give the kid some homework. He told Hart to do some research and write a one-page paper on Robinson. According to Showalter, “‘It’s important that we realize there were some people who paved the way to have that strong fan base, the people who live and die with everything the Orioles do… There’s not a city in America that loves their baseball team more than Baltimore.’” Yep. Buck sees the link between baseball and society, and history and sociology.

Of course, now Buck feels bad that the story got national attention.

The other interesting bit of news was about the petition – sponsored by Budweiser and Ozzie Smith – to make Opening Day a holiday. Here is where baseball, politics, business, and social media all intersect. The petition eloquently states:

“MLB Opening Day is more than just the beginning of the season. It’s a symbol of rebirth. The coming of spring. The return of America’s national pastime. It’s a state of mind where anything is possible. You can feel the electricity in the air. Opening Day brings with it the promise of a new beginning. Every fan is in good spirits. It’s a day of celebration. It’s a day of hope. It’s a day that, for generations, has been looked forward to by baseball fans every off-season. It’s an American tradition, and it deserves to be recognized as an American holiday. Join us in our quest to make sure every American can exercise their inalienable right to celebrate the day those two magical words are uttered for the first time: ‘PLAY BALL!’”

Obviously, this petition needs more media attention, because, as of 5 pm today, it had less than 28,000 signatures. It needs 100,000 signatures to receive an official response from the White House.

Come on folks, let’s make Opening Day Day a reality!

~ baseballrebecca

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