Play Ball

I have made a terrible trade. Back when we started driving to work together, Sean and I came to an agreement which—now that I think about it—we came to way too easily for him not to have plotted it sneakily in advance. The agreement was this: in the mornings, I would decide what we listened to on the stereo. In the evenings, it would be his choice. 

For three months, I felt like I'd won the lottery. For some reason, wresting control of the radio on the way to work was far more important to me than what we listened to on the way back. Throughout January, February, and March, our morning commute unfurled mostly to the dulcet tones of Evan Dando, although sometimes I'd mix it up a little with the Vaccines, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Bevis Frond, or the Head & the Heart. Mornings become a lot more bearable when you can start the day off with a little headbanging in your own car. (Don't think you can headbang to Peter, Paul & Mary? Ride to work with me one day, my friend. You have some things to learn. ) 

So all was going well and everyone was happy. And then baseball season started. 

I feel I must pause here to tell you what a huge baseball fan Sean is. All I hear, all year round, is how many days it is until baseball season starts. And then when baseball season does start, all I hear is what time we need to be home so a certain person can watch a Yankees game in hi-definition.

I mean, I don't mind baseball—indeed, you may remember that I once hosted a baseball party, aged fourteen—and I'm always up for a game or two every summer, provided there is sunshine, beer, and a player with a hilarious name (Bumgarner! Pujols! The laughs never end!), but it did not occur to me, back when Sean and I struck up that infamous deal at the beginning of January, that I would spend 45 minutes in the car every evening listening to baseball on the radio. Because baseball games are on the radio in the evenings, see. 

Damn it, that sneaky bastard. 

If there isn't a Yankees game on, he'll listen to a Giants game. If there isn't a Giants game on, he'll listen to your five-year-old's Little League team playing catch in an elementary school parking lot. He isn't fussy. If there are bats and a ball, and people using the bats to hit the ball, he'll listen to it. Correction: WE'LL ALL LISTEN TO IT.

Oh, I sound like I'm giving him a hard time, but I don't really mind. There's actually something about listening to baseball on the radio that's rather pleasant. The announcer's voice is strangely timeless—it sounds like it could be coming from any decade in the last century—and the reliably familiar cadence of it is somehow soothing. Listening to baseball on the radio frequently makes me want to buy a pair of stockings with seams up the back, or put on a poodle skirt and find a soda jerk to make me an egg cream, or crack open a TaB and ask people what they thought of the Watergate hearings. 

What I don't get, though, is how invested Sean is in it. Could you explain this to me, if you're into sports? It's something I can't wrap my mind around, being about as interested in a team of people kicking, throwing, hitting, passing, or catching a ball as I am in the contents of my cat's litter tray. He'll get upset if they lose a game. He'll stew if it was close. He'll whoop and shout and punch the air like a poltergeist posessed if they win. And the craziest part is that he has no control over the outcome! (Whatever, buddy, wearing your lucky underpants doesn't count.)

Am I alone in this or are there other people out there whose partners are as heavily invested in how far a dude in capri pants can hit a ball with a stick? Should we form a team of our own, perhaps? You be in charge of finding us a stadium. I'll make us some cute shirts. 

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Sadie
Apr 10, 2012

You are not alone. Oh, no, you aren't. I live exactly what you've written, except mine is a Red Sox fan and we live in Los Angeles. So he bought some sort of internet MLB package so he can WATCH all the Red Sox games and act so sourly when they lose (and oh, they lose) that I have to remind him he doesn't actually PLAY for the Red Sox. *sigh*

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Saskia
Apr 10, 2012

Actually, I'm one of them. Which is why I died a little inside when you mentioned the Yankees. (I'm one of those people that will cheer for whoever beats the Yankees.) But then you mentioned the Giants and all was well again in my world.

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em
Apr 10, 2012

Oh, it is nice to know I am not alone - I have that very same issue, but with football {the english version, and no i wont call it soccer}. The boyf obsessed - He plays 3-4 times a week {hello stinky football kit!} He watches pretty much every game going, and although he supports Man U, his fantasy football team means he NEEDS to watch every game. I despair because The only good thing about football in my eyes is that it stops for a few months in the summer. Unless it's the world cup, or euro's and then we get a 3 week break. bloody football.

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Amanda Blog and Kiss
Apr 10, 2012

Ugh. That's all I can muster: Ugh.

Husband is into football (European football), he even missed Easter brunch with me to watch Manchester United in the pub.

And I just don't get it.

Or maybe I refuse to get it.

Either way: Ugh.

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April
Apr 10, 2012

Yep, we live that life too. Except for us it's the tv. We actually stayed up late to watch some of our dvr on the Rays day off (and which I suggested it I was reminded that just because the Rays aren't playing doesn't mean there's no baseball). I love baseball; I was the one to but the tickets fire opening day to watch them best the Yankees (yes we swept the Evil Empire, I hope we can still be friends) but I wish that it wasn't the only thing ever on for 6 months.

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Jenn
Apr 10, 2012

My husband and I are Pirates fans. They lose a LOT. (But they are 2-1 so far this year,so we aren't as sour as we could be!) Also? My husband watches golf and nascar on TV and thankfully we do not have satellite radio or he would listen to those on the radio, too.

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mjb
Apr 10, 2012

I carpooled for a time with some guys who listened to sports talk radio. Not much is worse than listening to the guys who are analyzing those same baseball games, and trades, and off-season activities.

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Jashshea
Apr 10, 2012

I wish I could explain the allure of fandom, what it's like to be physically comforted by the sight of your teams jersey on a stranger or the sheer joy baseball fans feel upon hearing the very first bat crack or strike call of the season.
My sports fan life (specifically until 10/27/04) would be so much easier if I could understand why sports mattered so much to me.
I love most sports (not auto racing and I'm not much for the biathlon). To me, baseball is springtime and snow melting and hot dogs and fathers/children heading to the olde ballpark. American football is autumn and a chill in the air and leaves crunching and wool sweaters.
I'm also from New England, so perhaps it's a localized phenomenon. Sports bring me back to childhood and a time when nothing mattered but the 9 innings or 4 quarters that stretched out in front of you. Every game is a chance to bring back that safe little cocoon where there was only stadium food, your friends/ family and a cheering crowd. Even if your side loses, there's invincibility to those precious hours.

As a sox fan, It's actually quite comforting to know that Sean's not a "Yankees fan" as much as he's a "baseball fan who prefers the Yankees." :)

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Harriett
Apr 10, 2012

I love baseball because it is a game of patience, and I can watch it on television and still read a novel. :-)

I'm much older than you, but I grew up listening to it on the radio--- because of its pace, and I agree with you "the cadence" of the announcer's voice, I find it a most pleasant pastime.

love your blog...

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beth
Apr 10, 2012

Yeeah. My husband loves baseball AND football... which is why February is my favorite month of the year. Forget the weather sucks, there's no sports on!! He (therefore, we) spend THOUSANDS every year in pursuit of this... all the sports packages on cable, XM, trips to games, magazine subscriptions, various other junk.
Guh.

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Allison
Apr 10, 2012

Long time reader, never a commenter, until this - "And then when baseball season does start, all I hear is what time we need to be home so a certain person can watch a Yankees game in hi-definition."

This is my life to a T, yankees, hi-def and all! The countdown to the opening game starts just after the superbowl. I'm with you - it's not that I mind listening to baseball on the radio, as I'm often forced to do on our 4 hour trips to VT, it's that I simply don't understand the obsession. Please, someone give us the answer!

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Laura
Apr 10, 2012

I married one of those. And then we had kids. Wait till you have a new baby (or 2) and they think its still ok to go spend hours (because a baseball game can take HOURS right?) watching a game... X

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Ris
Apr 10, 2012

I'm living in an entire city of sports enthusiasts. Once, when we first got to Pittsburgh, I made the mistake of asking out loud "What's a terrible towel?" Every head in the restaurant swiveled toward me in unison. You could have heard a pin drop. And? I still don't get it.

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Melissa
Apr 10, 2012

I don't mind when we listen to baseball games on the radio and even enjoyed having it in the background while painting the then new-to-us house. I find I prefer listening to watching the games, though going to the ballpark once in a great while is fun too.

...men in capri pants? Thank you for that perfect description. Now if someone could just explain why the managers, who don't seem to actually play the game anymore, wear the same uniform as the players...

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UG
Apr 10, 2012

Someone once said to me that sports are soap operas for men. Lots of different characters, qualities, and stories come together to interact on your screen regularly. The more closely you follow, the more the stories have nuance and texture, the more the results matter.

Mind you, I didn't start watching sports once I heard that, but it made a lot more sense. And for what it's worth, baseball is the thinking man's sport. Lots of history, little violence, plenty of statistics.

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Anna Louisa
Apr 10, 2012

My husband's definitely one, and I have to admit, I kind of am too (in a toned-down sort of way). I agree about it being soothing to listen to too...baseball games and golf tournaments are some of my favorite background noises! :)

http://anna-gemutlichkeit.blogspot.com/

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Elissa
Apr 10, 2012

Does Jon Miller still call the Giants games on the radio? I am not a huge baseball fan, but I love his voice and find the sound of him announcing to be incredibly soothing for some reason.

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Moira
Apr 10, 2012

Oooh, Jon Miller, that's a voice that brings back so many baseball memories.

My husband is also obsessed with the Yankees. The Easter-eve dinner we hosted? Yankee game on in the background. Sigh.

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Julia
Apr 10, 2012

I love baseball and count down the days to start of the season as well. I have been a fan of the Mets for 32 years and counting. I thought the late Bob Murphy was the best radio voice ever! I still miss him but Howie Rose will do these days.

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MomQueenBee
Apr 10, 2012

Oh, no! You married a BOY!

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Julie
Apr 10, 2012

No, thank the sweet Baby Jesus. Mine doesn't like sports of any kind. He will, however, watch the most boring shows ever on the DIY network for HOURS! Let's watch this guy install a new garbage disposal, honey! And then I suddenly have a million important things I forgot to do. Or maybe it is his way of getting rid of me? ;) MomQueenBee's comment cracked me right up though.

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Beverly
Apr 10, 2012

Be glad you chose the morning. I have to listen to the recaps in the morning. On the alarm clock, in the bathroom, in the car, etc... it follows me even on the ipad. I found myself at a cocktail party talking to some of his man friends defending trades and choices. I stopped and stood dumbfounded. How the heck did I even know that stuff? Turns out osmosis is real!

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Nothing But Bonfires
Apr 10, 2012

Sadie: Oh yes, we have that MLB package too. GOD FORBID WE EVER MISS A GAME. PLAYED BY ANYONE. EVER.

Ris: What IS a terrible towel?! I cannot even begin to imagine.

UG: SOAP OPERAS FOR MEN! I love this so much. Oh sorry honey, do you need to get home to watch your stories?

MomQueenBee: Totally, and I'm pretty sure he waited til we'd said the vows to reveal this. I remember him LIKING baseball, but never to this overpowering degree. I was swindled! Sold a false bill of goods!

Beverly: Oh, trust me, we have pretty constant ESPN on in the mornings so I get dressed to the sounds of sports commentators coming from the living room....

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Sharon
Apr 10, 2012

I'm one of them as well! Haha. I'm a diehard hockey fan. I think it's a requirement of being a Canadian that you enjoy hockey (or at least watch it a few times a year). But yes, I count down the days to hockey season, I obsess over every game, and get ridiculously excited during playoffs season (playoffs start this week). I decorate my car and my house, wear my lucky jerseys and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Really, I'm a normal person! ;)

Growing up, we lived in a fairly remote location, and didn't get TV for several years. However, we DID have one radio station, and with that we would listen to hockey every time there was a game. I've always preferred the radio announcers to the commentators on TV as a result.

But yes, there are women like me who are crazily obsessed with sports (hockey's the only one I care about), so I'd probably be the one listening to something hockey related each day on my drive home from work.

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Cass
Apr 10, 2012

I have one of those also, but while he's like that with most sports his big one is basketball. I learned very quickly it's easier just to join 'em or else you'll never get out alive.

Although I still don't get the golf obsession...AT ALL.

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One Third Acre Woods
Apr 10, 2012

When I first met my husband, we went to about 10 games a year. Along the way a funny thing happened. We got married and had two children, bought a house, and I grew up. I wish he would join me in this persuit. Now he wants to take a trip to see all the stadiums in the country. That is all I hear about all the freaking time, even in the off season. This year he said that he also wanted to see all the spring training facilities. I almosts killed him.

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Lemon Stand
Apr 10, 2012

Sorry, I have to delurk, but I had to laugh at this one because I have a friend (both of us are in our mid forties) that I served in the military with (along with her husband) and we both have the same type of hearing loss for same . Add to this that she is Italian and I'm French, and it's a proven fact that neither of us could communicate if we had to sit on our hands. (We also get to turn off our hearing aids if we don't like what's coming out of the radio... must always look for those silver linings!)

When we all get together, and it doesn't matter if it's baseball, football, hockey or basketball, she and I tend to get so loud, the guys will sometimes leave us upstairs and go down to the basement to watch the same game. Now that is true marital love... :)

I also have to admit that I think your husband is clever! :)

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heidikins
Apr 10, 2012

My x-husband watched 4 baseball games at a time, all the time. Two TV's, right next to each other, picture-in-picture on both of them. He could not get enough.

As for me? I still don't understand it, doubt I ever will truly "get it"...and am only too grateful as baseball season descends upon us yet again, that this particular baseball-fan-freak is my x-husband and not my forever love. ;)

xox

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Carol
Apr 10, 2012

I do like the part about how the announcer's voice is timeless; it reminds me of summer and my dad. He listened to every Texas Rangers game on AM radio, and that was back when they were a very very bad team. Of course, also timeless, was his attempt to coach the team by yelling at the radio...that hasn't changed a bit!

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Sarah
Apr 10, 2012

I admit it, when I lived in Tampa I always listened to sports talk radio on the way to and often on the way home from work. My husband thought I was crazy.

But still, if you are making cute shirts, I'm in.

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Serrorserror
Apr 10, 2012

Yeah, my husband is a sports fan. But he will easily turn off the TV or game when it comes to football or basketball. Baseball is a whole other matter. Oh the fuzz of AM radio... He loves to watch baseball on tv every night that they play, and is upset when the game isn't broadcast. And he gets so bummed when they lose. His emotions are so tied to baseball sometimes I can't understand it at all!

Have you ever seen Damn Yankees, the musical? It is pretty awesome. Even the 1958 staring Gwen Verdon movie is pretty fab. The basis of the the story is that the husband is so heartbroken by his team losing every year that he sells his soul to the devil to play for them as a star!

We also watch soccer, but I have to confess to being a soccer fan. We love our MLS team here in Seattle! But I still play soccer, and I understand everything that is happening, and it only takes a brief hour and a half. American Football? NO THANKS!

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Peg
Apr 10, 2012

Dear Holly,

I laughed out loud. I never understood why the three of them ( father and two sons ) always thought they were either on the Yankees or owned them. Actually I wish they were part owners! I do remember when we took Sean to his first baseball game. And it was not a Yankee game, either. But I love the comment that UG made about soap operas. He has always loved baseball and he always will.

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Pickles & Dimes
Apr 10, 2012

Oh, I love baseball! (My favorite movie is Major League. I like underdog sports movies and I used to have a crush on Tom Berenger.)

Anyway, in Minnesota, baseball means spring is finally here. My husband and I have a 20-game package, and it’s so relaxing to go to the games. It’s 3 hours where I don’t feel I should be working or doing things around the house or answering my phone or anything. It’s just sitting outside with a hot dog and a drink, keeping score and soaking up the sun. (That said, the Twins are 0-4 so far and are already starting to make me mad.)

Oh, and my husband and I take a road trip every year to a different stadium to watch the Twins play. We always take a photo of the stadium, and of us at a game. We now have 18 different photos highlighting 9 different stadiums on our “sports wall” in our basement. It’s a special tradition to us.

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Heather
Apr 10, 2012

I would LOVE if my husband's sports radio listening was regulated to a 1 season sport, but no, lucky me snagged a guy who is obsessed with football, basketball and baseball. If he isn't listening to a game then he is listening to sports radio talk about the game and what maight happen in said game OR listening to sports radio discussing what happened in the previous game, or discussing who will be traded, who is picking up who. Then when he gets to work, he reads the sports blogs, just in case there is something he has missed and then before bed it's always sports center. I actually had to schedule my weddinga round the University of Washington football schedule and didn't get to have a rehearsale dinner, but a rehearsal brunch instead, because it would have coincided witht he game. I juse DON'T GET IT! But I love him and he doesn't understand how I can watch 4 hours of the Real Housewive, to each their own?

We also have the radio deal, he gets sports radio in the morning and it's my choice on the way home!

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Traci
Apr 10, 2012

There is a line in the American "Fever Pitch" movie, where Jimmy Fallon is obsessed with the Red Sox: "I like being part of something that's bigger than me, than I. It's good for your soul to invest in something you can't control."

But the soap opera comparison is good too. My friend teases her husband about his fantasy baseball leagues, "How did your barbies do today?"

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Elizabeth
Apr 10, 2012

Ah, Holly, if you like listening to baseball, and find it soothing, and the announcer's voice... well, I don't need to recount what you have already so beautifully stated... then you really need to hear Vin Scully call a Dodgers game on the radio. I have lived in SoCal my entire life, and that is the sound of summer to me: so comforting, so familiar. Scully is the Grand Master (and I'm convinced he will live forever), and his voice is exactly what you ae referring to.
And I am now dead to Sean, as I've mentioned the Giants hated rivals. But Scully really is something special.

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Marcheline
Apr 10, 2012

Okay. I know you're going to think I'm saying this just to be snarky and one-up you, but you know I love you Holly and would never do that. Okay, I totally would, because you're so awesome that who wouldn't take a chance to one-up you?

But I'm not, not this time.

I completely lucked out in the husband department. He has so little interest in sports that he doesn't even know the names of the teams, or what sport or state they belong to. He loves to cook, and he's great at it. He can also use the sewing machine better than I can. And no, he's not gay. (So I still have to clean the house.)

8-)

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Melissa
Apr 10, 2012

A few years ago my husband went cold turkey on the Patriots and the red sox. He decided he was too busy to sit for hours in front of the tv. It was a magical time in our marriage. He watches a game every now and then and will tue in on the radio sometimes, too. I love listening to the games on the radio. It does have a soothing quality...until someone starts cheering, yelling or otherwise making a ruckus.

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Tracy D
Apr 10, 2012

My husband is just like this, except over hockey.

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slynnro
Apr 10, 2012

I am A SEAN. About certain things. College football. College basketball. The San Antonio Spurs. Fandom is something you either get or don't- it simply cannot be put into words. But, oh how I love a game. I have my teams, but it doesn't really matter if the game I'm watching is one of them, because I can always pick a side to get utterly invested in.

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Melissa
Apr 10, 2012

Oh, it is so wonderful that you've posted this. When my husband and I married (whoa! eleven years ago!), he was studying for his CPA exam. He is crazy organized, so he woke at six, went to bed at ten, studied all day and only took breaks for food...and baseball. The home team we grew up with played in the background of every spring evening of our first year of marriage.

What did I do? I figured I could either get bitter or get onboard! Now, here we are, eleven years, three kids, four moves later, and I can say that I've seen that same home team in two hemispheres and multiple US timezones (thank you, internet streaming).

It's craziness, but crazier still is this: hubs is working late tonight, and what is on the radio while I work (or cruise the internet, whatever)? MLB.com audio of the hometeam. Clearly, I've been converted!

And, you have a wicked-smart, strategically-minded husband. Go you! (And Sean, of course ;)

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Jenny B
Apr 10, 2012

Gotta side with Sean on this one...I, too, wait for the baseball season to start with baited breath (Yankees in partic as well). When my teams lose, I'm physically pained. Thought I'd grow out of it by 32, but guess we all have our Evan Dandos :)

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April
Apr 10, 2012

My husband loves cricket, bless his heart. The thing with cricket is it's ALWAYS on. It could be Test, ODI, T20 or currently the IPL (he's Indian), there is always a match on somewhere, timezones be damned.

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scriptor senex
Apr 10, 2012

You'll never change him. Buy some earphones and an MP3 player for the journey home and humour him over his lucky underpants! Whatever you do don't keep listening to the baseball or you'll end up an involuntary fan like my wife now is of football. Last night she stayed up to watch the after-match chat from the Liverpool/Blackburn game and I went to bed. P.S. WE WON (we being Liverpool)but only because I had my Liverpool FC shirt on while sat at home.

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Courtney
Apr 11, 2012

I'm right there with you. My husband claims not to be into professional sports, and yet he'll watch baseball whenever it's on. He watches college football, does March Madness, and will even watch the Little League world championships. I don't understand watching sports especially when it's teams you don't care about it. Maybe it's like watching House Hunters or something?

When "his" team loses in football, he can be a crank the rest of the day. Even on days when he knows they probably won't win! I do not get it AT ALL. If sports ceased to exist from the Earth I would not care and probably wouldn't even notice.

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Alexis
Apr 11, 2012

I totally understand your pain. We don't have a car radio to fight over (nyc = no car) however, my husband is interested in ALL sports on TV. Basketball, baseball, pro football, college football. I have to live it all year. And sometimes there will be two games on (when seasons overlap) and then it gets really bad! I wish my hubby was ONLY into baseball...or one sport for that matter.

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Michelle
Apr 11, 2012

I love baseball, specifically Dodgers baseball. It's understandable since I've lived in southern CA my whole life and my dad is a life long Dodgers fan. I grew up with the sounds of baseball on the radio in the car, on TV...when you've known the voice of Vin Scully, a national icon of baseball, it's as if he's part of your family. And within these last years, I've officially adopted him as my honorary grandpa since the three that I had have now passed on.

What I get out of it is tradition, history, strategy and camaraderie. It's a game with heart and soul. Victory and defeat. The dynamic of the game can change with a base hit when there are two outs in a tied game in the 7th inning.

I'm so elated the moment the Super Bowl is over because it's that much closer to Opening Day. It's the quintessential Los Angeles experience to go to a Dodger game on a summer eve - it's the best! Second best is listening to it in the car because lets face it...it takes the sting out of traffic.

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Susan Davis
Apr 11, 2012

I understand as my husband and now my three sons are ALL huge baseball fans. My oldest boys play baseball, and they LOVE to watch MLB. I still BARELY understand the sport, and am struggling to follow what is going on as I sit through at least four little league games per week. Payback for being a girly girl only child, I suppose....

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Susan H.
Apr 11, 2012

My husband is an avid Giants fan from childhood, along with every other sport that is played--he will even watch old basketball games from the 1970s on that sports history channel.

But my great story is this: my dad used to listen to the Giants on the car radio on Sunday afternoons while we would be driving in the mountains--he loved to take a Sunday drive. But I get carsick on windy mountain roads, so I now associate baseball games on the radio with nausea! Just HEARING baseball games while riding in a car makes me queasy. Therefore my husband now avoids baseball on the car radio (at least when I'm in the car). Is it too late for you to try this tactic?

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Jenn
Apr 11, 2012

I feel for ya, lady. My husband and I came to the the understanding many years ago that he will always obsessively love baseball (Yankees) and I will never like it. There is nothing--NOTHING--worse to me than being in the car and having to listen to Suzyn Waldman screech her way through a play-by-play. It is the opposite of soothing. You can't tune out, you are forced to listen. You are earnapped.

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Cecily
Apr 11, 2012

I feel fortunate that my husband cares very little about football, baseball, and basketball. He does, however, LOVE hockey, which is weird for a Bay Area native (seeing as how there's no naturally occuring ice here). He is somewhat apologetic about it and usually watches the games or highlights on his computer to spare me. He also plays hockey though, which is kinda hot.

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Sara
Apr 11, 2012

I do think it's one way that many men connect. My husband was a huge athlete in high school (football, track, soccer) but isn't a fan of televised sports. He'll go see a game, but isn't a big tv watcher except for the big bowls. He says guys at work talk about televised sports non-stop...he wishes he could connect in that way. So it's not a bad thing for that aspect. I count myself lucky. I have friends who LOVE watching sports, but it's not my bag.
I agree that baseball on the radio could be a sort of white noise. If you aren't driving, it might accompany a magazine well. Or just listen to your ipod.
I love your blog, by the way!

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Katie
Apr 11, 2012

Oh man. I can remember painful Saturdays (or Sundays?) when our Dad would hog the TV watching...GOLF. WTF? Talk about snoresville! I get basketball, football, even tennis - and I LOVE the summer olympics (diving! swimming! gymnastics!) - but GOLF? Even now, I'm shaking my head. I honestly could sooner watch paint dry.

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April
Apr 11, 2012

My husband is an SF Giants fan too. We live on the east coast now, so we get to pay $25 a month to MLB.com so he can listen to or watch games online. Wheeeeee! Kirk and Kuip (sp?) are great announcers though. I have even started to get into it.

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Steff
Apr 12, 2012

Oh, it gets better, let me tell you! My teenage son and my husband totally HOG the TV with all their baseball. Even after we just go home from them playing their own baseball games.

I have to tell them HGTV is a sport too, they just dont believe me!

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jill
Apr 12, 2012

When the Red Sox lost their chance to go to the World Series in 2003 (losing to their biggest rivals; the Yankees) my husband had a tantrum... The ranting, the raving, the throwing of his shoes across the room. I was a little taken aback, but secretly laughing at the same time. His little 9 year old self was right there before my very eyes and I felt so happy to meet him.

:) boys.

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Camels & Chocolate
Apr 12, 2012

Don't tell Sean, but I *hate* baseball. I never had this strong of aggression toward a sport until I moved to San Francisco and met all the fair-weather fans who couldn't have cared less about the Giants until suddenly they were in the play-offs and everyone's all, "oh I've been a Giants fan since I was 5!" LIARS.

I love basketball and football and soccer and tennis, but baseball...blah. So boring, so little action. Good thing Tennessee doesn't even have a team!

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rachel
Apr 12, 2012

i will just never get it. obsession with sports, that is. and my husband just BARELY showed this side of himself before we were married. verrrrry interesting.

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Angela
Apr 13, 2012

YAWN!! I am so bored by sports that I couldn't even finish reading all of this post! LOL I'd have my headphones on during the ride home.

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Allison
Apr 19, 2012

A little late, but MSNBC answered your question!
http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/18/11270757-why-dudes-go-nuts...

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Anna
Apr 27, 2012

I have had three loves in my life. The first didn't like sports, the second loved the Pittsburgh Steelers a little too much. The third? Well, he's just right. Enjoys a good baseball game, even played some in high school (and could have gone further), but doesn't get all bent out of shape if some team loses. Doesn't even really have a favorite team. I like that. A lot.

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