But there is something about having a rooting interest in a team that just can’t compare to anything else. Sure, baseball is entertainment, but even the most exciting television show or movie can’t compare to the agony and ecstasy of following your team through all 162 games of the season.
I’ve been away from baseball for the past couple of years, but with my daughter growing older, I’m excited to see if she, too, will grow to see the allure of what John Irving described as a “game with increasingly heightened anticipation of increasingly limited action.” Because once you become a fan, it’s awfully hard to stop.
Emily F. Popek is assistant editor of The Daily Star. Contact her at email@example.com.