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Baseball is back.

Is it still the National Pasttime?

Many say football has taken over, whether it be on the pro or college level.

And, yes, I mean American Football, not the game that is referred to as football (soccer) by the rest of the world.

The other day, I swear, I saw on one of the major sports TV network's sports score crawl at the bottom of the screen, results for world Cricket matches.

Really? Seriously?

Baseball is a sport that, I believe, many, if not all, can relate to.

It starts up in the springtime, when all of us are sick and tired of the cold.

I played it at the tee-ball, midget league, and little league levels, and even into high school, or pony leagues.

I always enjoyed playing catch in the yard with my Dad. In fact, now that I'm 40 and he's into his 60's, we still do every once in a while.

I think its moments like that, or other special memories, that keep the game as our National Pasttime.

I've been to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The one main thing I took away from that visit was that the storied history of the game far outweighs the controversies, such as gambling, lying, cheating, doping, and the outrageous rich contracts that players get these days.