With the days winding down until Opening Day for Major League Baseball, we're prepared for another 162 games of excitement, suspense and top 10-worthy plays.
Well, baseball fans are, at least. Everyone else? They're convinced that baseball is a tired sport. There isn't much to get excited about compared to basketball or football, and it seems to be losing popularity, despite being considered America's pastime.
Bryce Harper took a stand using his star power in ESPN The Magazine, stating that baseball is a “tired sport, because you can't express yourself.” Harper even goes as far as to commend players like LeBron James, Steph Curry and even NFL MVP Cam Newton for keeping young fans excited and interested in their sports.
While Harper has made excellent points, he has already started a revolution by making baseball anything but tired. One of the biggest characters in the game, Harper is heading up a cast of incredible athletes who are going to draw some attention and sparkle to the “tired” game.
Here are four others who can help him do just that:
Munenori Kawasaki (Chicago Cubs)
If you haven't heard of this guy, you better study up.
An infielder for the Cubs hailing from Japan, Kawasaki is still learning the language and customs of America. But no language barrier can stop him from entertaining all of Major League Baseball.
Just this season, Kawasaki has already made a splash with his stirring karaoke rendition of “Don't Wanna Miss a Thing” for the Cubs. Dancing, singing, interviews … you name it, he does it. And he does it hilariously.
But the main reason to watch him is because he truly shows his love and enthusiasm for the game of baseball. Tired? Not to Kawasaki.
Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals)
The catching phenom is now a World Series Champion. But his title as team prankster is something that won't get taken away anytime soon.
If there's anyone who likes to have fun during the game while still performing amazing feats, it is certainly Perez.
It's great to see a young player with such talent able to enjoy themselves…but it's even more entertaining to watch Perez and his pranks (so check out his Instagram).
Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Despite all of the controversy that has found its way to Puig, he still is one of the more entertaining and talented young players in the game today.
Not only does Puig make remarkable plays on the field, he also has the dance moves that make him a fan favorite in the dugout.
Puig is still a kid and while he plays like a long-time veteran, he still knows how to enjoy the game. Maybe once young kids see just how much Puig enjoys the game, they'll start to see just how fun baseball can be.
Jacob DeGrom (New York Mets)
DeGrom has made a splash in the majors, but his excitement for the game and his passion for pitching is something that make people stop and take notice.
While he doesn't have the dance moves or the singing skills to draw attention, his talent speaks for itself on the field. Each time he takes the mound for a start, all eyes are on him to see just how he'll blow hitters away today.
DeGrom's rise to fame in Major League Baseball has been without scandal and with lots of fun, which is worthy of notice by all.
Baseball is boring? A tired sport, as Harper claims? He is right. But these players are going to help change that stigma associated with America's pastime.