I went up to the Bronx yesterday to see the New York Yankees play the LA Angels. Glorious scorcher of a cloudless day, and a packed stadium. The Yankees beat the Angels 12-0, so it wasn’t exactly nail-biting, but theÂ fans were suitably exuberant as they left the stadium.
One thing that struck me was the ethnic diversity of the sport. The Yankees starting lineup is an approximately even mix of Asian, Hispanic, Black and White players. I couldn’t think of another sport that’s so ethnically diverse (even soccer looks more homogenous). Presumably this has something to do with the fact that you don’t have to have a certain body shape to be a good baseball player.