First of all, I am honestly SHOCKED that no one seemed to be disturbed that the Royals were taking fishing practice instead of batting practice the other night. It is too bad you are wrong, wrong, wrong!!! (THAT was a JOKE! NO angry responses, please!!!)
Now, on to today's post:
You might have figured out that we are Star trek nerds in this family. So, I have managed to tie Star Trek in with what I want to talk about today.
Deep Space Nine, the show with Avery Brooks as the captain of a space station on the edge of the Federation, has a lot of baseball-themed conversations, and a few episodes. The Captain, Cisco, is a huge fan of the game.
According to the Star Trek history, baseball dies out and goes away in our distant future, due to many factors, none of which I want to get into now.
Another thing Star Trek DS9 depicts is that at some point baseball truly becomes global, with teams such as the London Kings playing in a major league.
The show doesn't mention other sports, such as basketball or football.
What do you think? Is it likely that in the next 100 years or so baseball will fade out of our national interest? What about the other nationally played sports?
Keep in mind that I don't actually look to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (yes, there is one) for my history lessons. After all, The Original Trek said that a race of genetically altered super humans would take over the planet in the 1990's, and be run by the then obscenely sexy Ricardo Montalban. That sure didn't happen! No super beings, and Montalban went on to sell Rich, Corinthian Leather on some mystical island.
I am just curious as to what you think baseball's future holds. Finally, if the travel restrictions were worked out, would baseball ever get big in Europe?
I really don't know how to answer these questions. I do think that within 20 years or so the leagues are going to have to contract again, maybe replacing the teams in the slowest markets with minor league teams.
I have no scientific evidence to back that up, it's just a hunch.