Baseball is easier for sportswriters to stomach in part because it's mainly clean-cut white guys. Boys that Dan Shaugnessy wouldn't mind seeing his daughter bring home. The punditry, I would suggest, dig that. Same for NFL quarterbacks, FWIW. Old values, traditional families, the importance of our national traditions...it's like the Republican Convention, but with a higher tolerance for Latinos.
I will talk more about this later.
[Update! In the comments section I wrote something rather lengthy and all-over-the-map (both rhetorically and ideationally). It's like a scattershot expansion of this post, which was, for what it's worth, initially just a note to myself. Even the blogging slips through your fingers. Aww shucks.]