Garth Brooks may have been standing on stage in Yankee Stadium before tens of thousands of fans, but his words had such an intimacy about them. It was as if he was leaning in for a one-on-one chat. "When I come to New York I never feel secure enough that I can be myself," he told the wildly adoring crowd. "But it turns out that's exactly what you want me to be. And I realize, you love me just as I am!"
It has become more common to measure the success, or health, of the game by things like the revenue generated by the teams. This is not unlike measuring the state of the American economy by looking only at the Dow Jones Index. It may give a good heuristic of the economy, but it misses a lot of important aspects.