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IQ: It's out of the ballpark, folks! 

The days of fathers and sons going to Fenway park, eating hot dogs and watching Babe Ruth play home-run derby with the Red Sox are over. These are the days of steroid-enhanced stars, plastic action figures and million-dollar-a-year endorsements. America's national pastime has certainly changed over the years, but has it been for better or for worse? We took to the streets to find out what you thought.

click to enlarge Kevin MacDonald
  • Kevin MacDonald

Kevin MacDonald
Military
Neighborhood: Southborough

Are you a Major League baseball fan? Yeah.

Has money ruined baseball? To a point it has. For me and my son to go to a Minor League game it might cost me 20 bucks...to go to a Major League game you couldn't even get one ticket for 20 bucks.

How many games did you go to last season? Major League games: only two. Mostly Sky Sox games, Minor League.

Who was the best baseball player ever? Hank Aaron.

What has happened to America's national pastime? It's starting to change to football.they've got to leave them all open.

click to enlarge Craig Richards
  • Craig Richards

Craig Richards
Self-employed
Neighborhood: Briargate

Are you a Major League baseball fan? Yeah.

Has money ruined baseball? It's getting pretty close to ruining it. Money seems to be the most important part of the game.

How many games did you go to last season? I went to a few local games at the Sky Sox.

Who was the best baseball player ever? There's been several -- Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr., if he keeps going the way he is, he'll probably turn out to be one the best ever. There's a bunch.

What has happened to America's national pastime? I think greed for one thing. Greed on the part of the owners and players.

click to enlarge Lloyd Alston
  • Lloyd Alston

Lloyd Alston
Contractor
Neighborhood: Westside

Are you a Major League baseball fan? Yes.

Has money ruined baseball? I think money has certainly changed baseball, from my perspective. It changes the game because it helps drive the price of tickets up.

How many games did you go to last season? Two.

What's the name of Colorado Springs' team? Sky Sox.

Who was the best baseball player ever? I'll say somebody I admired greatly growing up; I'm from Baltimore -- Frank Robinson.

What has happened to America's national pastime? It's been usurped by football.

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