A friend sent me a link to an interview on Baseball Prospectus with Lars Anderson, a prospect in the Boston Red Sox system.
It is a very good interview, but one simple question jumped out at me and made me think. (anything that makes me think about baseball is a good thing)
Why do people play baseball? Tell me why you play.
I wanted to share it with the CheckSwing crew. Anderson's response is below and a link to the entire interview is at the bottom of this posting.
DL: Why do people play baseball?
LA: It usually starts out with parental oversight. The parents want to see their kids play sports, and maybe dad used to be a good ballplayer, so that's what he wants his son to grow up to be. I think that a lot of it is forced, initially. Obviously, there are other cases where the kid is the one who is passionate about it and says, "Dad, let's go play," or "Dad, can we go take some ground balls or take some batting practice?" But a lot of other times, sometimes when the kid is way too young, the parents are, "OK, you're going to play in this organized baseball league," even though you're just five years old. I saw a lot of my friends who weren't really that into it get forced to do it, and even if they were into it, there was so much pressure on them to be specialized into it that they just lost that passion and it became more of a chore. I didn't play organized baseball until I was nine, and it wasn't my parents saying, "Hey, you should do this," it was me saying, "Hey, can I do it?" Every day when my dad came home from work, I'd be in the kitchen, often with two of my best friends who lived right next door, and I'd say, "Dad, let's go play some ball," and he'd always say yes. It was never him pushing it; it was my friends and me initiating it. I've always had that passion for baseball.