What is love? Love is a passion that you have inside that keeps you going on each day with a smile and forces you to get out of bed in the morning. People love everything from pets, parents, siblings, grandparents to sports. To quote a legend, "Baseball was, is, and always will be to me the best game in the world." There are two things that I have loved since I was born, my parents and baseball. Legends such as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Willie Mays led the way for modern icons such as Lenny Dykstra, Ken Griffey Junior, Mark McGwire, and Pudge Rodriguez. These modern day players are my role models, however my real heroes are my mom and my dad. The rich history of our nations past time makes baseball the best game on earth.
No other game has a history such as baseball. An early form of baseball could be traced back to 1085 where it is mentioned in England's Doomsday Book (Heitz and Thorn). Amazingly it was described as stool ball which was a primitive ball and stick game which cricket developed from. The real roots of American baseball stemmed from 1786 at Princeton University, where a group of students on campus formed the game and a year later faculty prohibited ball playing on account that it was too dangerous and un-gentleman like (Heitz and Thorn).
Baseball in many ways is a medicine that helps bring people together. Those who play it look at their teammates as brothers and as part of their families. A brotherhood like a national fraternity is created when a group of athletes compete together everyday. When the game is played at full throttle an adrenaline rush like a man jumping out of a plane can be felt. The feelings towards one another are unexplainable to outsiders, however cross the white lines and step onto the diamond and the emotions run through your body.
Fathers and sons are brought closer together by traveling to a ball game and talking about which team will win. As a youngster you look at your father as a God for taking you out to the park and buying you a hot dog during the seventh inning stretch. The bond baseball creates between a father and son is the glue that keeps the relationship together. As years go by and the little boy grows, he wants to separate from his parents and feel independent. The one thing that will stay constant is the love for discussing baseball and going to a game or two. No matter how old you get, baseball always brings you closer together.
When the young man becomes old enough to choose his favorite team, he will reflect on whom his father rooted for. Depending on how close the relationship was, the boy will either choose the same team as his father or the complete opposite team. Going through little league and acting out your favorite players was the best thing on earth. The stances of Ken Griffey and Mark McGwire can be seen imitated by little leaguers nation wide. Each one hoping some day he or she will be on T.V making the big bucks like their heroes.
Baseball is like no other sport in America. It is Americas past time, born and played by practically all young children. "It's our game, Americas game…it belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly, as our Constitution's laws; is just as important in the sum total of our historic life." In a scenes baseball binds the whole country together. It is the only thing that stays constant and doesn't fluctuate like taxes or depts. Baseball has always been a big part of our past and it will continue to be a part of our future. As players change and salaries skyrocket, the bases consequently will always be ninety feet apart.
Babe Ruth is known by almost every American, whether they like baseball or not. He is as much to this country as apple pie and his legend surrounds the game of baseball like an angel in heaven. No other man had an everlasting impact on a sport like he did. The "Bambino" and "Sultan of Swat", were all nicknames George Herman Ruth went by in his