Originally Posted by MoxPearl
For cricket to grow u need it kinda.. "Embedded" in the culture.. just like cricket and rugby is in new zealand..
Like since everyone in new zealand lives pretty much near a beach.. its a natural thing.. to go down to the beach with your mates/family.. take a cricketbat and a tennis ball .. and/or a rugby ball.. just go swimming.. make some stumps outta driftwood.. and have a day of it..
But i suppose in america that never ever happens...
Along with 30+ million other people I live in California and have had an opportunity to play many sports on the beach so I don't think living by the sand has alot to do with our failure to play cricket. I can think of numerous reasons why it will be hard to ever get Americans to play cricket but you’d probably stop reading after the first paragraph so for the sake of brevity I do have a somewhat oversimplified explanation. Both cricket and baseball are just formalized evolutions of stick and ball games played throughout history. Either game (with rule changes and proper promotion) could have become “our national pastime” but baseball won out. Americans as a whole like to work on a schedule and need finality. The evolution that became baseball almost always gives us that.
FYI: Due to the changing culture of America I doubt baseball will be anything more than a minor sport in America a hundred years from now.