The National Pastime Essay

The National Pastime

            Under the clouds and the summer sun the excitement in no way fails, the craze never stops and the fun on no account ends. The National Pastime’s roots can be traced as early as the 18th century, the sensation still continues and marks its own way to the heart and soul of everyone.

            Who doesn’t know Baby Ruth? His legendary sixty home runs in 1972 was a phenomenon, until a superhero in the name of Roger Maris in 1961 slammed sixty one and Mark McGwire on his way to stardom battered his seventy in 1998. Moreover, on the 7th day of October, 2001 in San Francisco PacBell Park, the out of the ordinary Barry Bonds knocked the door to account as he hit his way to seventy three which ruptured the records and put another story on the History of Baseball.

            As published on October 7, 2008 entitled “Man in the News; Fulfilling Great Expectations — Barry Lamar Bonds”, states:

            Bonds, 37, is an enigmatic player, gifted enough to smash a ball 500 feet, confounding   enough to loaf to first base on a grounder. He can be charming and articulate, or he canbe rude and abrupt. His sensational abilities are only part of any conversation about him because it is impossible to overlook his demeanor. (New York Times)

            But not only these stars make name and money in the industry, Maris’ record-breaking baseball was grab hold of Sal Durante who tried to give Maris’ ball back to him. But Maris’ instead advised Durante to make some revenue out of the baseball and Durante became lucky enough to have sold the keepsake that uplift his social class for a whooping $5,000.00.

            Social class has been one of the issues put into consideration that causes variances in sports activities and involvement of a society. In the Paradox of the Social Class and Sports Involvement by Thomas C. Wilson, he described that the privileged one’s social class has better overall involvement in sports.

            Findings show that those who are richest in cultural capital and those richest in   economic capital are most likely to be involved in sports generally, and that these          tendencies are independent of one another. However, those richest in cultural capital are           least likely to be involved in `prole’ sports, and economic capital has no bearing on `prole’        sports involvement.

            Due to the million of legions of baseball, a social class system becomes vulnerable. Many believe that through sports, communal and social assimilation beyond social classes is feasible. This is very evident for the reason that in attending or participating in sports event, meeting a lot of people in different social status may provide an outlet for people in various social class share similar passion as anyone else leading to a common ground to alter any hindrances.

            The social class was not in any way put into contemplation on the day Bonds committed his 73rd historical home run. Seated in anticipation on the right field bleachers

were Alex Popov, a health food restaurant owner and Patrick Hayashi, a software engineer.

            The day ended up into a controversy about who owns the baseball projected to be in the amount of $1.5 million. Not in any way suitable for any young viewers as the two gentlemen found them selves riveting into the position as the rightful proprietor of the precious round history memento.

            A Professor in the name of Lyn Jamieson of Indiana University Department of Recreation and Park Administration in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation believe:

            Sport tends to reflect society, and we live in a violent era.  We have a violent society      where people use violence to solve problems instead of using other means.

            Truly enough, as the argument on who caught the baseball wind up the tabloids and newspapers around the world. Alex Popov claim that he was the first one to seize the ball but because of scuffling and skirmish fans it end up on the gloves of Patrick Hayashi. By this it is manifested that sportsmanship which is initially learned in playing and watching sport is disregarded.

            Apparently, the conflict was first on the minor level of complexity as many people including Baseball Legend Barry Bonds believed that it would be best if the two just sell the ball and split up the money.

            Cliché as it may sound, but all the while even children know the term of “being sport”. The you win some – you lose some rule. But in this particular scenario the battle became over board and raised many issues beyond its simple origin.

            Primarily, since both male are involved egos become very apparent on the situation. Both showing their relentless will to win the game they come into playing.

            On the November 28, 2001 report entitled “A Custody Battle for a Baseball’s True Owner” by Evelyn Nieves proved a more diverse course of the sport of baseball as it articulates the custody battle put into a legal pursuit. (New York Times)

            This put a lot of different buzz of dissatisfaction on Popov and Hayashi on what have come up to be a big mockery of being a sport’s oriented person.

            Sport promotes in many ways proper dealing with people and enhances and fully developed self esteem which did not reflect in the two people involve in the case.

             Sport plays a major role in American society as it accounts for the most popular form    of recreation. Many Americans are involved in sports – either as a participant or as a       spectator. There are also many other sports activities in America which attract millions    of participants for personal enjoyment, the love of competition and for the benefits       of fitness and health. In addition, sport teaches social values like teamwork,       sportsmanship, self-discipline, and persistence that are highly regarded in U.S.    society.” (Sports in America-

            http://krakow.usconsulate.gov/sports-in-america.html)

            Beyond doubt, Popov and Hayashi’s action made a big disregard to the true meaning of sport and capsulated a magnitude of hard-pressing ordeal of misunderstanding which they claim was because of history, by which many believed has turned the other way around, as legal battle over money.

            As the case progresses a more controversial documentary came up to spice up the soon to become drama series over ball entitled “Up For Grabs”. The film speculated the thought that it may only acquire a little time to alter a minor issue into a blown out edifying occurrence.

            Sport has believed to become one of the most beneficial and provocative learning experience to build-up self discipline and good camaraderie skills as one tends to cope with a teammate and work with a common vision and mission to reach a common goal and that is to “win”.

            International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge and FIFA President Joseph Blatter take about the influence of sport is not to fully, essentially and deeply revolutionize and amend the society but believe in other things sport can do to people.

            Sport can make the world better, particularly in building social cohesion, improving       health and reducing the need for healthcare. (Xinhua)

            Alex Popov and Patrick Hayashi’s case is a no win situation, if only they would have first talked, plan and then execute a particular game plan to minimize further afflictions to the two of them. They certainly did not portray a good example for the people especially for the children who might as well find sport as into the money rather than into the game and the vision behind it.

            A healthy competition is best for people who play it on the right field, but once controversy takes place of the system, a sport becomes a wicked part of the society, a dirty game blown out of proportion. The National Past Time became a National Gossip.

            In “Sports of The Times; Law of Jungle Has Its Limits In the Stands” published dated 30, October 2001, by George Vecsey, revealed torment of dismay on the outcome of Bond’s 73rd home run. (The New York Times)

            Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run has produced a court debate on the niceties of going           after    a ball in the stands in search of a million-dollar souvenir.

            Instead of having a social cohesion at hand, social dilemmas of differences relatively build up the tension on the case. Each had different sets of lawyers who played up the media for a more interesting scenario of gossips and other arguments which in no way indicate any signal of reconciliation.

            Many people become involve not to resolve the issue but to affirm the eagerness of the parties to claim the ball under their property. Aside from the Keppel tape as documented and filmed entitled “Up For Grabs”, a court circus is happened. The mischief of two becomes a national issue. Seventeen people on the witnessed stand testified as to what they saw on the ballgame. The statement of these onlookers mottled on numerous relevant concerns. Others had a good vantage posts to tackle the issue justly but some have palpable other agenda which in one way or another just compromised their credibility towards the end.

            In an election, where parties concede when realized to be losing and in a game when a player shake another’s hand after losing precisely convey a better image of social dealings and relationship. A challenge fairly conquered, losing or winning, but after its entirety it’s not the output it’s more on the execution.

            Children in our society are thought how to handle losing at a very young age. This in fact caters to an emotional development of being a stronger person and learning to deal with other people in the society.

            Good sportsmanship is when teammates, opponents, coaches, and officials treat each     other with respect. Kids learn the basics of sportsmanship from the adults in their     lives,    especially their parents and their coaches. Kids who see adults behaving in a     sportsmanlike way gradually come to understand that the real winners in sports are        those who know how to persevere and to behave with dignity — whether they win or lose a game. (Nemours Foundation, Kids Health for Parents,             http://kidshealth.org/parent/fitness/general/sportsmanship.html)

            Gwenn Napp in her article entitled “High drama, low brow” published in December 19, 2002 believes that the event of catching the home run ball is something spectacular but the safekeeping battle over it is just too much.

            Until now, grabbing a ball hit into the stands was considered a grand tradition,   suffused with the romance and poetry of the game — in other words, a Kevin            Costner movie waiting to happen.  (San Francisco Chronicle)

            Everyone waited for the court’s decision on the legal process of ownership. On December 28 2002, Superior Court Judge Kevin McCarthy, issued a ruling of equal property rights of the ball for Alex Popov and Patrick Hayashi.

            The court therefore declares that both plaintiff and defendant have an equal and

            undivided interest in the ball. Plaintiff’s cause of action for conversion is sustained         only as to his equal and undivided interest. In order to effectuate this ruling, the ball     must be sold and the proceeds divided equally between the parties.”           (www.findlaw.com/popovhayashi12802dec)

            The legal case ended but the social implication of a battle over a ball which assumes to be of great importance in history and thus reflected a lot more on what society’s take on priced possession proceeded. The voracity over material things even to the extent of giving up integrity puts forward personal schema.

            This rivalries agenda were apparent as when the ball was put into auction as published on http://www.courttv.com/trials/baseball/ballsold_ctv.html, and on June 26, 2003 as circulated in CNN.com the supposedly million dollar ball of Barry Bonds was sold to producer Todd McFarlane at $450,000.00 lower than the initially assumed price of $1.5 million.

            Sport has been part of the lives of many people around the world. Though, at many point sport has been remarked as one of the most influential recreation outlet for individuals to excel, some factors and social concerns at times dismisses the good account of sport in the society.

            Deviating from tradition, sport which brings out the best in people sometimes even carry the worst of human nature. In Alex Popov and Patrick Hayashi’s case, the social system is not pertinent due to the reason that they both love baseball. Gender on the other hand, them being males push through their strengths to reach the ball that landed their way. Both dominant on what they presume to be theirs and are willing to take any action may it risk veracity and doodle on the picture of spectacle of events.

            Ravenousness, never takes its spot in the limelight of sport. That is why sport is more about teamwork, team effort and team consolidation. Discipline is of high merit accountable for success.

            The baseball that both landed in their hands in different manner and number of seconds and the legal battle on the ball’s custody echoed the rationale on the outcome price of the Ball in the auction. The ball’s significance somehow turned into social variances.

            Sport is a magnificent avenue to showcase one’s talent and passion. Sport in many ways plays a crucial role in the society; it unites people and surmounts loneliness. It provides great health benefits for better understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses. Sport is a game. Lose some, Win Some. The important part is We Learn A Lot.

            The game of life is on survival. But it doesn’t necessarily put one’s integrity and social obligations at wager. Man must always be aware of implications their actions might bring as interpretation of who and what they are made of.

            Dealing with adversity doesn’t necessarily mean taking full advantage of opportunities that may come one’s way. At all times, self-regulation paves its way to better consequences.

            Life is a game, live it with great respect to others, uncompromising moral and social obligations at hand. Sport offers challenges that unearths talents, brings out skillfulness and boosts buoyancy. It proposes a mission on succeeding on goals but through course paths appears barriers and how one handles it with great amount of social values to others turn out to be a wisdom and wealth home runs of experience.

Works Cited

Bean, Matt. CNN.com. ‘Million-dollar’ Bonds ball sells for $450,000”. June 26, 2003

Curry, Jack. The New York Times. “Man in the News; Fulfilling Great Expectations — Barry      Lamar Bonds”. October 7, 2008

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George Vecsey. The New York Times. “Sports of The Times; Law of Jungle Has Its Limits In    the Stands”. October 30 2001

Jamieson, Lyn. Indiana University Department of Recreation and Park Administration in the     School of Health, Physical Education. Violence in Sports Reflects Society. July 03, 2002

Knapp, Gwen. San Francisco Chronicle. “High Drama, Low Brow”. December 19, 2002.

Nieves, Evelyn. The New York Times. “A Custody Battle for a Baseball’s True Owner”.             November 28, 2001.

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