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4th of July Baseball

July 2, 2008 - Seth Staskey
Our proud nation is about to celebrate yet another birthday this week. And while Americans still struggle with gasoline prices and rising costs of basically everything except the double cheeseburger at McDonald's, which is still a tremendous buy for a dollar, there is a steady thing in our culture.

The American Past Time. America's Game. You know it as baseball. Whether it's sandlot, American Legion, adult leagues or even Major Leagues, it's still baseball. A game that can unify everyone because everyone enjoys baseball. Whether it's to just go to the ball park and spend an evening, you've got to enjoy it enough to do that. Some go to the park and hinge on every pitch and other go for the promotion. The gist of what I am saying is people go to baseball games regardless of their reason.

Major League Baseball is relaxing, entertaining and above all just plain old enjoyable.

So, if you are looking for something to do for the remainder of the summer, take in a couple of MLB games or just go to a local field and watch baseball at any level.

I have been to 10 MLB Games. Nine of those at PNC Park and one at Yankee Stadium when I was in the Big Apple for the National Invitational Tournament in early April. All 10 have been enjoyable. There was a day game I attended where the temperature felt like about a million. I hope to get to a couple more games before it's time to begin focusing on prep football season.

Major League Baseball is a good way to release some frustration as well because you could always just yell at the umpires if you so desire. However, if you go to a local sandlot game, take it easy on the guys in blue (especially me if you follow the sport of softball).

Anyway, in closing do yourself a favor and head out and see some baseball during this upcoming 4th of July weekend. I know the Pirates and Indians are out of town, but the Beast of the East Classic is in town and to be honest it's in nearly every town in the valley.

If you can't find a baseball game this weekend, it's your fault.


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