Previously on MLB – A newbie’s guide to watching baseball in 2020 – ESPN

Previously on MLB – A newbie’s guide to watching baseball in 2020 – ESPN

The oldest living human is 117, born in 1903 and probably incapable of having been a baseball fan any earlier than 1908 or so. By that point, the sport had already produced superstars, World Series champions, a common language of statistics, memorabilia, slang, hundreds of minor league and semipro teams, two major leagues that drew 10 million fans a year, and most of the rule changes that brought the sport to its current shape.

Which is all to say that every baseball fan alive today jumped into this show late. Once we did, we got invested in it, and the desire to see storylines conclude is probably the major reason I’m so interested in what happens this season, which starts with a pair of games Thursday night. But when I started loving this sport, I was already 100 years behind. Most living baseball fans were.

John McMullen bought the Houston Astros in 1979. He asked his GM, at one point, “What’s an RBI?” He would go on to
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