I think that the notion that a photographer has to have a certain range covered without gaps (24-200, 17-400, whatever) is pretty much nonsense. After trial and error, I found that I'm just not terribly interested in the telephoto range. This was early on in my days at POTN, where gear lust can run rampant, so of course I thought that there just might be something wrong with me... but the love of the long lens still never took hold and I embraced it.
For a while, when I worked almost literally around the corner from Adorama, I would rent a long lens if I was going to the zoo or something, but even that desire faded. For something like a baseball game? Forget it - I'm there to be there, eating peanuts and cracker-jack, hot dogs and too-expensive beers. There nothing wrong with getting satisfaction out of a great shot of the batter making contact with the ball, but I get more satisfaction soaking in atmosphere and being a part of the crowd.