Softball isn’t as bad as I thought

Published 11:30 am Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I’ve written extensively about basketball being my favorite sport.

Growing up in San Antonio, Texas and North Carolina made me love the game more, due to the greatness surrounding the Spurs and Duke Blue Devils. It doesn’t hurt to watch the intelligence of Gregg Popovich and Mike Krzyzewski ooze onto the court and study from them.

After basketball – in order of importance to me – comes tennis, football then mixed martial arts.

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I prefer women’s tennis to football simply because Serena Williams has come “Straight Outta Compton,” to become the greatest women’s tennis player ever, and has done this in my lifetime.

Yes Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rogers are excelling to the height of qb greatness in football, but there’s still debate surrounding their hierarchy when comparing them to all time greats. With Serena, it’s understood she’s the best woman to ever hold a racquet, and still has another 5 years left on the court.

My least favorite sport, for logistical and cultural reasons, has always been baseball. I just don’t see the point in playing 162 regular season games, then a best-of-seven world series. I also don’t agree with the decision to move the Atlanta Braves to a place in the Buckhead suburb, where Atlanta public transportation doesn’t reach and not offer to accommodate fans in the city. Goodbye Turner Field, you’ll now be on eyesore on I-75 until demolition.

But alas, Vicksburg has turned my views on baseball’s sister sport softball. I’ve covered both fast and slow-pitch softball in my tenure at The Post and have grown to like the sport and enjoy writing about it.

I’m still getting used to the length of innings, the heat and how there can be periods of time with little to no action. However, I know there’s a deeper relationship between Vicksburg and softball.

To live in Vicksburg, you have to love baseball or softball and there’s no way around it. With organizations like the Vicksburg Girls Softball Association, to school sports and church leagues for adults, there’s an outlet for all ages to play.

My attitude toward softball began to change after I talked with David Erwin, the first African-American selected to umpire a Women’s College World Series game. Erwin grew up in Vicksburg and he shared his love of the game with me, giving me a better understanding.

Covering the Challengers League is still my favorite softball experience. I was touched to see children with disabilities enjoying themselves running around the diamond and being athletic. They were eager and anxious to get out on the field, hit home runs and play with other teammates.

This doesn’t mean I’ll be watching every inning of the World Series, but so far, Vicksburg’s product of softball is intriguing and I enjoy watching it.