Baseball is by no means perfect. By comparison to many other sports, it can be painstakingly slow, the physical condition of several baseball players has a striking resemblance to that of any darts player, Most people realize that its final is called the World Series. But cricket, especially test cricket, is far worse for sports fans. Here’s why.
- It’s reaaally reaaally sloooww
Just over three hours of baseball does not even compare to the day(s) taken to complete a cricket match – only the most hypocritical cricket fan can complain the baseball is a slow sport. Realistically, who has the time to follow their cricket team?
- The rules make no sense
To ‘complete’ a cricket match is actually misleading because it can frustratingly/inexplicably result in a draw.
- Nothing happens
In baseball, stuff happens during every single play, especially because the batter must run if the ball is hit in play. Therefore, it’s relatively exciting. By contrast, the cricket authorities realized test cricket was so unbearably boring that they invented Twenty20 cricket. And that isn’t much better.
- Take me out to the ball game
Baseball games are an experience in their own right (crackerjacks, foul balls, the seventh inning stretch and much more). Why watch a cricket game live? Parks are for leisurely days out in the sun.
- Close affairs?
Rarely can a game of cricket replicate the tension of any baseball game, where every home team has ‘last licks’ to score enough runs to win if they are losing in the 9th inning. ‘Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, 3 balls 2 strikes, bases loaded.
Baseball players are not exactly a paradigm for athletic athletes, but nor are cricketers in their knitwear. Also, sunscreen on noses isn’t cool.
- Golden ducks
Ben, an excited 10-year-old, is at his first cricket match. He has come to see his childhood hero, Sachin Tendulkar. He has been dreaming of this day as long as he has known cricket. But Tendulkar catches an edge; he’s caught out on the first ball. Ben’s dreams are crushed. He will never see Tendulkar bat again.
Baseball is a rain-dependent sport. However, cricket is hypersensitive. Do they seriously need to call off cricket matches for ‘bad light’? Haven’t they heard of floodlights?
- Cricket is quite Boring.
People bring newspapers to cricket matches. They might as well turn up to watch the grass growing. Watching cricket is a twisted form of self-torture – if you manage to stay awake, that is.