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Ltlabner
12-16-2006, 03:34 PM
Here's a weird one.

How long could you abstain from ANY contact with baseball? I mean ANY contact. Watching/listeing to games. Checking into RZ. Going to the ballpark. Reading BP. Crunching stats to figure out pythag wins. Talking baseball with the buddies. Debating with FCB. Reading baseball books. Admiring baseball memrobelia hanging on your walls at home. Throwing the ball in your backyard. ANYTHING.

And, how much money would someone have to offer you to convince you to give up baseball for this length of time?

savafan
12-16-2006, 03:52 PM
Wow, Ltlabner...why do you hate me so much to make me think about this?

dougdirt
12-16-2006, 03:59 PM
About 3 days. Its all I could handle.

vaticanplum
12-16-2006, 04:10 PM
I could go without baseball for a very long time. I have done it, when I was living overseas and too busy to check in on things on the Internet. I can't say I'd be happy about it, but I could do it.

One of my little cousins asked me recently if I loved music or baseball more, and the answer was music, no contest. And the "going without" was my reasoning: every year we go five months without baseball (we have offseason stuff, but it's not the same and I could do without it). I don't think I could go five days without any music, much less five months.

terminator
12-16-2006, 04:56 PM
I like baseball, but I could easily go the rest of my life without exposure to baseball. It's just a game. I wouldn't want to live life without my wife or kids. Baseball is no big deal.

Reminds me of a story in SI years ago. The historians here will remember specifics . . . one of the teams had a mule as their mascot. The mule died and they were interviewing the owner expecting him to give some quote about how much the mule meant to him and the team and how it was a rallying point for the team. Instead the owner said "That mule? What do I care? He was just a damn mule."

Team Clark
12-16-2006, 05:15 PM
In today's technology world there's little chance I could make it past 3 days. Not to mention my life, friends, acquaintances all center around Baseball.

$$$ For me to endure the serious anguish of 30 Days or more without Baseball I'd have to be compensated heavily. 50K.. at a minimum.

Edd Roush
12-16-2006, 05:17 PM
I think the situation depends. If I were to overseas like vaticumplum was talking about and had something to keep my busy and distracted, I could probably last a month or so, in the off-season at least. However, if we're just talking about the daily grind here in Ohio, it would be difficult to last a week.

And terminator, while I understand baseball is just a game, baseball is just a good thing to have as a hobby. Its entertaining to me to see how my favorite team is being pieced together in the off-season. Furthermore, there is the actual baseball. What's better than kicking back, drinking your favorite cold beverage and watching the Reds play?

To answer ltabner's question, though, I would have to say I'd have to be a lot to have my give up baseball. Baseball is a big part of my life and I love checking in on my Redlegs. The amount would be based upon who was giving me money to give up baseball. If a girlfriend tried to pay me to get rid of baseball, she would be out.

I hope this doesn't make it seem like baseball is my life, but it's just a pleasant distraction.

vaticanplum
12-16-2006, 05:24 PM
And terminator, while I understand baseball is just a game, baseball is just a good thing to have as a hobby. Its entertaining to me to see how my favorite team is being pieced together in the off-season. Furthermore, there is the actual baseball. What's better than kicking back, drinking your favorite cold beverage and watching the Reds play?

I hope this doesn't make it seem like baseball is my life, but it's just a pleasant distraction.

Yeah, hypotheticals always run into this problem. I guarantee that not one person here would die if baseball were wiped off the face of the earth. But it would be the loss of a great joy.

I liken it to shopping. Someone asked me once, "Could you live without shopping?" He thought he was being funny, and it was just a stupid question. I recognize shopping's place in the world. I don't value it more than people or work, I know it's not as important as world events or personal beliefs and values, and I know that it feeds a superficial part of me that probably hinders my overall development as a human being. If shopping was obliterated tomorrow, I would go on living and I believe I would have the strength to deal with it well. So of course I could live without shopping. The question is, why would I want to try? Is that really a life worth living?

BoydsOfSummer
12-16-2006, 05:24 PM
I don't go more than a couple hours at a time without some sort of interaction with baseball. I dunno how long I could go but it wouldn't take long for the "jones" to kick in I'm sure.

westofyou
12-16-2006, 05:32 PM
Can't be done, I think about baseball all the time, I can go without talking about it, reading about it or watching it. But that doesn't mean I'm not thinking about it. But I agree with VP, I wouldn't trade music for anything of the same ilk.

OnBaseMachine
12-16-2006, 05:37 PM
I couldn't go more than 12 hours without baseball. Like woy, I think about baseball all the time. Baseball is life, I can't go without it.

Falls City Beer
12-16-2006, 05:59 PM
There was a time in grad school when I stopped following baseball altogether. About 5 years.

westofyou
12-16-2006, 06:03 PM
There was a time in grad school when I stopped following baseball altogether. About 5 years.

I have vague memories of 1983, my first year in California. But I remember everything before it and everything after, kind of like Bowie in Berlin.

Spring~Fields
12-16-2006, 06:12 PM
Awe something would be different, something would be missing without baseball, without checking into see what each of you think, though I am not sure if it is the game or the people, sometimes I think it is enjoying the people more and that baseball becomes the avenue. Synergy comes to mind.

Yachtzee
12-16-2006, 06:29 PM
When I lived in Europe, I would go quite some time without baseball. Sure I would occassionally pick up the English-language international papers to get the lowdown on the World Series (something about a Canadian team winning the World Series. Nah, that couldn't be true). Without regular updates, I just really didn't have anything to get me psyched up about it. Instead, what I did was substitute following the local soccer team in lieu of rabidly following the Reds and Bengals. I became very interested in the goings-on of Casino (now Red Bull) Salzburg. Of course, when I came back, the first thing I did was catch a Tigers-Yankees game at Yankees Stadium. I think my appreciation of baseball became that much stronger after spending time without it too.

The_jbh
12-16-2006, 07:00 PM
I go crazy when we go to Mexico in the summer and I dont have internet or a USA Today...

and we stay at an all inclusive resort...

i think i have a problem

redsmetz
12-16-2006, 07:44 PM
Back in 1977, I visited my brother in Germany for ten days as he was finishing a year of studying at the University of Heidelberg. Do you know how hard it was to try to get fresh baseball information from the New York Herald Tribune in 1977???? I think we actually picked up Armed Forces radio one evening!

vermonter
12-17-2006, 08:14 PM
I lived in Europe for about fourteen years in the 80's and 90's, so I had very little contact with baseball (a lot of that time being pre-internet). I recall watching the 1986 World Series on British TV, and Channel 4 was carrying it tape-delayed, and edited, so they only showed the innings where runs were scored. I knew the Sox were screwed, therefore, before I even saw it ...

Since being back in America for good, however, I think the longest I have gone is about 8 hours, but even then I think about it constantly.

It's a really good thing I never tried heroin back in the 1970's ... ;)

Ltlabner
12-17-2006, 08:43 PM
Much like VP if there was some weird situation that required me to abstain from baseball, I could do it. It would suck since I enjoy the game so much, but in the proverbial "gun to the head" scenario I could give it up.

As far as staying away just beacuse...maybe 3 days. Maybe.

BEETTLEBUG
12-19-2006, 10:22 AM
Hour if gun to head.I am a NUT.

redsfan30
12-19-2006, 10:35 AM
No more than an hour.

shredda2000
12-19-2006, 12:07 PM
about 3 nanoseconds!!!

danwl
12-19-2006, 12:40 PM
After the 1994 strike, I went on my own personal strike for an entire year. All MLB-related items were stored away, no minor league baseball either. Absolutely cold turkey; I would surf away from the baseball highlights on ESPN, the sports page had a huge blind spot on it, no box scores, no game summaries, nothing.

The year I missed was Randy Johnson's breakout year; before that he was just the 6'10" freak show on the mound. I stopped intentionally avoiding baseball after that year and all you'd hear on ESPN was Big Unit this, Big Unit that. I was like, man, miss one year, and all of a sudden, we are talking about this guy's package all the time.

When I came back, I didn't care much anymore; it took 8-10 years for me to even bother to check the standings on any regular basis. It was Little League baseball that brought me back.

gonelong
12-19-2006, 01:53 PM
Here's a weird one.

How long could you abstain from ANY contact with baseball? I mean ANY contact. Watching/listeing to games. Checking into RZ. Going to the ballpark. Reading BP. Crunching stats to figure out pythag wins. Talking baseball with the buddies. Debating with FCB. Reading baseball books. Admiring baseball memrobelia hanging on your walls at home. Throwing the ball in your backyard. ANYTHING.

And, how much money would someone have to offer you to convince you to give up baseball for this length of time?

I could give up MLB without blinking, but I could never give up baseball.

GL

bucksfan
12-19-2006, 02:24 PM
I can go pretty much the entire off-season without it, though that doesn't happen so much anymore due to the internet and the general increased availability of all information via electronic media. Before the internet, I typically did not think too much about baseball after the World Series, with the possible exception of understanding what went down during or as a result of the winter meetings. But there's enough in fall and winter with football and basketball to keep me more than happy.

However, come spring and summer it would be very hard. Baseball was always essentially the background music to those seasons for me. Generally even an off-day is weird, not to mention a break of a week or more. I might not always make it a point to listen to every game or whatever, but I'd always check the scores somehow.

Strikes Out Looking
12-19-2006, 05:52 PM
Wasn't there a Seinfeld episode about this? Or something similar?

I could give it up for 1 day--or $5,000,000.

gm
12-19-2006, 08:56 PM
Following the disastrous '81 season I rarely followed the Reds. Those were my college years and the Reds were the sucks, anyway. I got back "into" baseball in '85, probably due to the return of Rose. Since then, it's been the Sporting news, Reds report subscription, the internet and DirecTV. In other words, way more interest than back in the '70's when next-day boxscores, Sport magazine, and Saturday games of the week were "all we had" out here on the left coast