My friend brought up the observation that all his friends who enjoy curling also happen to be big baseball fans. I fit under that category. But why is that?
Curling and baseball are two different sports. One is a summer game, the other is a winter game. One involves ice and the other involves grass. One is about striking a solid circular object, while the other one is about paving a path for one.
Ultimately, it could simply come down to two elements: placement and format.
The goal of curling is all about the placement of the rock. Much like baseball pitchers, location is so key to the success of the game. With the help of teammates framing the perfect location for the rock, it’s like a catcher setting up the strike zone for the pitcher. Both are a game of inches and there’s a lot of strategy that goes into it. None of it is rushed like basketball’s fast breaks, but it’s a calculated chess match where all the potential outcomes are in play.