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    How long could you go......

    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?
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    Re: How long could you go......

    Wow, Ltlabner...why do you hate me so much to make me think about this?
    My dad got to enjoy 3 Reds World Championships by the time he was my age. So far, I've only gotten to enjoy one. Step it up Redlegs!

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    Re: How long could you go......

    About 3 days. Its all I could handle.

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    Re: How long could you go......

    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.
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    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."

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    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.
    It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...
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    Re: How long could you go......

    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.

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    Re: How long could you go......

    Quote Originally Posted by Edd Roush View Post
    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?
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    Re: How long could you go......

    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.
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    Re: How long could you go......

    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.

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    Re: How long could you go......

    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.
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: How long could you go......

    There was a time in grad school when I stopped following baseball altogether. About 5 years.

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    Re: How long could you go......

    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer View Post
    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.

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    Re: How long could you go......

    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.

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    Re: How long could you go......

    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.
    Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.


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