America's Pastime : Is Baseball Slowly Slipping Away From Americans?

Sean ConnaireCorrespondent IApril 28, 2008

 Back when your parents were in their youth they would most likely say that their favorites sports where Baseball and Football. Today most people would say that they like Lacrosse, Hockey, Football, or Basketball. 

 A good portion of the youth today doesn't even mention Baseball. Some of the greatest sports players like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Cy Young, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Satchel Paige, and many others are not even know by some people. 

 Today the heroes of sports are LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Sidney Crosby, and Alexander Ovechkin .  The youth of America is slowly losing its pastime.  Many kids now say that Baseball is boring, and that all you do is stand around. 

 Don't get me wrong, I love all of these sports and I love most of these athletes.  But Baseball is part of Americas history.   George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt are respected for their great achievements and the leadership that they had. 

 The baseball players during history should be respected just as much.  Satchel Paige pitched for over 40 years in the Negro leagues.  Paige and Jackie Robinson finally led most of America to realization when they both played in the Major Leagues and finally broke the color barrier. 

 When people think of baseball today they think of one word. Steroids.  And i will admit that the baseball players of today are disrespecting their game by juicing themselves up.  But not every baseball player takes part in the steroid scene. 

 Many of footballs biggest stars are also sticking a needle up their rear ends.  Take Shawne Merriman for example.  The 3 time pro bowler was caught juicing it up in only his second year in the pro's.  If a Sophomore is already taking steroids who knows who could be juicing it in the NFL or in the NCAA College Football league. 

 Instead of baseball traveling to Japan and China, the MLB should be working on restoring the pride of the nations pastime.  Here's a fact for you to dwell on, Jackie Robinson had to suffer to have blacks play in the bigs, and now only 8.6 percent of the MLB is made up of African Americans, and that is more than half of what it was ten years ago.

 Baseball needs to get itself back on track, it needs to go back to being that sport that everyone wants to play, black or white, American or Asian, Baseball needs to become the national pastime again, so that it will travel down to our kids and our grand kids.