Baseball for me is so much more than Fantasy. Although I have been hooked since starting in 2000 (My wife thinks I'm insane), baseball would still be a passion regardless if fantasy existed or not.
I look at baseball as one of the few historical bridges in our countries history that draw all generations to a field of commonality. Baseball has been with this country through the Spanish-American war, World War I, World War II, The Depression, Elvis, Vietnam and so on. The country goes through tough times, changes, and yet the legacy of baseball is still there.
You can have a 90 year old grandfather arguing with his great-great-grandson that "The Babe" was better than Bonds. What else in our society brings generations together like that?
The tradition of the old ball parks. I went to Wrigley two years ago, I hope to visit Fenway and Yankee stadium some day soon. The smell of the grass when you walk into the stadium sends chills down my spine.
I grew up a Cleveland Indians fan. Luis Tiant, "Sudden Sam McDowell, Andre Thorton, George Hendrick, Charlie Spikes, Buddy Bell, Gregg Nettles, etc. Even tough they sucked I followed them religiously.
I have followed the Braves since moving to Atlanta in 1982. The greatest experience in baseball will forever be the Braves run for the playoffs in 1991. This city was bubbling over with excitement everywhere. Tomahawks everwhere. The feeling inside Fulton County stadium when everyone was chanting was un-believable!
Sorry about the length, but baseball is the greatest sport on earth!