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Baseball and Baby Boomers Go Together

Baseball and Baby Boomers Go Together
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By Tuesday, 03 April 2018 05:20 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In this past March, 2018, the Houston Astros Baseball team visited the White House to celebrate winning the 2017 World Series.

President Trump, a Yankee fan and a big baseball fan in general, seemed to enjoy having the Astros there. The president had a personal baseball anecdote to share with the Astros second baseman, Jose Altuve, who had a 346 Batting Average last season. President Trump shared with Altuve that he had personally talked to the late Stan Musial and that "Stan the Man," as he was known, had a lifetime batting average of 333, over 20 seasons. And there you have it: a Baby Boomer, President Trump, talking baseball with a young second baseman from a younger generation.

Baseball is just starting the new season now, and before long, baseball stadiums all across the country will be filled with baseball fans of all ages discussing their hopes for their favorite teams. But for baseball, maybe more than any other sport, the banter among fans has a certain fabric to it, featuring history, stats, and comparisons of ball players from different eras. This is all part of the beauty of the game of baseball, which we like to call America’s "National Pastime."

Perhaps baseball in 2018 can offer something even more — something many of us could really use — time to set aside the stresses of everyday life. Many baseball fans across the country will take the time go to a game, where they can sit and relax, look out at the green grass, and enjoy the simplicity of a ballgame while also understanding the intricacies that make baseball such a beautiful game to watch. A few years ago, as pro-football reached new heights of popularity, it seemed that baseball might be losing a bit of its luster. Young people would complain that the game of baseball was not fast enough, or that there was not enough action. Perhaps the appeal of fast action video games had supplanted that special feeling of just sitting out in the fresh air and watching a ball game. Baseball executives were worried that baseball fans were aging; even the great sports writer Christine Brennan questioned whether baseball would even last another 50 years.

Well something happened last year to slow the decline of enthusiasm for baseball. Maybe it was seeing baseball teams like the Houston Astros show so much spirit on the field. Maybe it was the way the Astros ball players embraced the community after Hurricane Harvey; or maybe Americans just wanted to slow down a bit and smell the roses. Baseball is returning to the time honored tradition of families going to games together. As part of this tradition, the older generation tells members of the younger generation about past ball players and their great moments on the diamond. In Los Angeles, the 11-year-old fan can debate the 63 year old about who is better: Clayton Kershaw or Sandy Koufax? The Baby Boomer might tell a young person in the stands of Yankee Stadium, “oh, if only you could have seen Mickey Mantle play…!”

Sometimes amidst all the change we need to be able to return to the familiar. Baseball helps with that because each season, as it begins, spring time breathes eternal. In the dog days of August, you, as a baseball fan, sweat to see if your team can make a run into the playoffs. By the time you, as a fan, are ready for the Fall Classic, another season and another year are part of the fabric of your life. So, Baby Boomers, while you are in your favorite ball park this year cheering for your favorite team, look around and share your experiences as a baseball fan with others, for baseball and Baby Boomers just seem to go together...

Rick Bava founded and was CEO of the Bava Group, which became the premier communications consulting firm serving the Fortune 500 community. Bava became known for his popular blog columns "Rick Bava on the Baby Boomer Generation." He is the author of "In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Sometimes amidst all the change we need to be able to return to the familiar. Baseball helps with that because each season, as it begins, spring time breathes eternal.
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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 05:20 PM
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