Home » Writing » Are We Dropping the Ball? Dave Winfield Thinks So

Are We Dropping the Ball? Dave Winfield Thinks So

Last Updated on April 25, 2019

Dropping the Ball, book by Dave WinfieldLast year, I had the opportunity to offer editorial assistance Dave Winfield’s book Dropping the Ball: Baseball’s Troubles and How We Can and Must Solve Them, which is now out in print.

I’ve never been a sports nut, but if I had to pick a sport to get behind, it would be baseball, if only because it was the one sport that resonated in me for most of my childhood. I understood it, unlike football. I could play it, or at least its female counterpart, softball. And I could appreciate its long, storied tradition in American history. When baseball’s popularity began to wane and basketball became the trendy sport du jour, I lamented the decline of legacy, which was replaced by marketing and celebrity.

So when I had the opportunity to work on a project by one of baseball’s greats, I jumped at the chance and was pleased to see that some of my layman’s views fell in line with Winfield’s own. Although I don’t think that much can be done about the commercialism of sports as a whole, I do agree with his major points about the benefits of sports for kids, and that what the sports world in general needs is a good kick in the pants to unseat it from its pedestal of celebrity and return it to a level playing field for all fans.

It’s a good, fun read. And I’m saying that not just because I had a slight hand in the book, but because I had such an enjoyable time working on it.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.