I read recently that less than 3% of people at MLB games keep score (gnaws on flimsy interlocking NY Yankee pencil)
So before covering some high school softball and baseball this past week, I downloaded a free “scorepad” app and fooled around with it at home to see if it was worthwhile.
Long story short, as good as the idea sounded, ahem, on paper, in practice, it was a pure debacle.
All it did was remind me how scoring a baseball game, even in this increasing digital world, is a simple, timeless joy.
Maybe this is going a wee bit overboard, but there’s actually a level of zen found tracing the little diamonds and filling them it. It’s fun, too, getting into an official scoring debate with a colleague or a fan over whether a batted ball was a hit, error or fielder’s choice.
Yes, it’s purely baseball nerd stuff, but those little details and debates are a vital part of why the sport is ingrained in our American culture, even if it’s less and less every passing year. It’s partially why it always warms my heart when, at a high school game, I can run over to the home team dugout between innings and ask the kid keeping score if he or she ruled a play a hit or an error and I get something back other than a blank stare and a shrug.
Our apps and iPads might improve plenty of aspects of our lives, but every now and then, it’s OK to keep things like they were in the 1900s or even the 1800s.
Posted: April 29, 2012 at 08:18 AM | 126 comment(s)
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