Originally Posted by crgildart
Tip of the iceberg. Take a look at pro wrestling and the ACTOR mortality rates there for starters, then football, baseball and on down the line.
Edited by crgildart - 5/7/2009 at 07:25 pm GMT
Fixed that for you.
Anyway, in a way, I used to agree -- let them do what they want to in order to improve whether it hurts them or not, and in many sports I agree, but in baseball it damages the aesthetic.
I've been spending a lot of time over the last few seasons thinking about why baseball is such an interesting game. In comparison with a lot of other sports it's slow and less dramatic, but part of the game's intrigue comes from the drama of comparing the game over time.
It's a timeless game played in more or less the same when I watch it as when my grandfather watched it. When I sit in Wrigley and see the same scoreboard my grandfather did played on the same field, I become part of history. That history is recorded by kids in the bleachers who's dad is showing him how to keep score and it's kept by the guy reading the newspaper for box scores everyday, and the sabremetrician digging through stats, and when those numbers aren't comparable from era to era, you're losing something.
Dunno how else to explain it, but there's something impure about the way drug use can mess up those numbers.