In an article published on Tucker Carlson's conservative news
website, The Daily Caller, author Caroline May writes a trend story
entitled The Conservative Love Affair With Baseball.
In it, she asserts that baseball is purportedly the "favorite sport" of
many conservative intellectuals. Baseball, it appears, is appealing to
this elite group because it is "so damn slow", resistant to changing
times (unlike the NBA or NFL which have ramped up the intensity of their
sports), and its long season is "reliable, dependable and faithful." In
conversation with Charles Krauthammer, Rich Lowry and Fred Schwarz,
among others, she reaches this conclusion:
is true that football long ago surpassed baseball as the nation’s most
popular sport, but Alexander Cartwright’s much beloved brainchild
remains America’s pastime and purportedly the favorite sport of many
...Inherently American and
merit-based, baseball and conservatism appear to share as tight an
embrace as Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson after game seven of the
1955 World Series.
At least one pundit was befuddled by
May's assertion, to put it gently. That would be Russ Smith, founder of Baltimore City
Paper, Washington City Paper and Splice Today, who dubbed the piece "The Dumbest Story of the Day":
whomever it is, makes the nonsensical claim that baseball is most
beloved by conservatives—no, double-down, conservative
intellectuals—based on a few quickie interviews with three worthies from
the National Review, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, and a snippet from a column or book about baseball from… well, you know the answer: George Will.
told the Daily Caller sleuth that perhaps conservatives love baseball
because “it is so damn slow.” Of course, he then blows apart the entire
premise of the throwaway article by stating the obvious: liberals love
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