I LOVE Baseball

October 24, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in baseball, life | Leave a comment

Hey Ducklings,

By the time you see this, game one of the 2013 World Series will probably be long over, the winner being either the Boston Red Sox or the St Louis Cardinals. Anyone who knows me knows which side I’ll be routing for. But regardless of who wins the game, I hope for a good series, an epic back and forth with clutch performances and surprises from players you didn’t expect.

I love baseball. Let me restate that. In capital letters. I LOVE baseball. I love baseball some like some people love football… or cars.. or clothes.. or a lot of other things. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a stats guy. I cant tell you what David Ortiz’s OPS was in 2004 against Lefties. I’m not really a history guy either. With a few exceptions like Brooks Robinson playing 3rd base for the Orioles, thanks to my HS baseball coach for drilling that into my head, I couldn’t tell you who caught for who in the World Series in 1987.

But I love baseball. I love baseball like Kevin Costner’s character Ray Kinsella loved baseball. If you haven’t seen the movie, first off, go see it. Its brilliant and warm and amazing, regardless if you like baseball or not, second, I’ll give you a short synopsis. Ray is a corn farmer who on blind faith plows under his corn fields in order to build a baseball field, all on the command of a voice only he can hear. Ray faces scorn, ridicule and the possible loss of his family’s farm. I’m not going to spoil the rest, but trust me, its worth it. Plus it has James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster, two acting heavyweights.

But the way Ray loves baseball is how I love baseball. Ray believes in baseball, that it can bring people together, connect people when they have nothing else they can talk about. I got that love of baseball from my Grandfather. He took me to my first game when I was 7, I’m pretty sure I still have the program in storage. We didn’t go often, but we watched together and talked about it often.  The last conversation I had with him before he passed away was about baseball in fact, who was being inducted into the Hall of Fame the next summer, as the announcement has been made after he went into the hospital. Cal Ripken and Tony Gywnn were the two going in. Ok, maybe I remember some more history than i thought.

So watching baseball and the world series, especially when my team is one of the participants, is special to me but also a little sad. I’ll cheer hearing him cheer next to me. But whether we win or lose i’ll still get the impulse to call him and talk about it, before remembering he isn’t there to answer. But baseball is eternal. No matter where he is, I know he’s cheering. And that makes me happy.

5 things…

May 20, 2010 at 9:00 am | Posted in 5 things, baseball, summer, weather | Leave a comment

…that I love about summer. With Memorial Day around the corner, it’s got me in the summer state of mind.

1. Cruising in the truck. It may not be economical but I love driving with the windows down and the radio up.

2. People wearing less clothes. From those out playing sports to those running or walking down the sidewalk, less clothes is a plus 🙂

3. Pools are open. And with pools come bathing suits. And hopefully skimpy bathing suits at that.

4. Cookouts. I love having people over and cooking some dead animal flesh on the grill or on the smoker. Add a couple drinks and you’ve got a winner.

5. More sunlight. Mostly just an excuse to stay out later and longer. And drink more. Hopefully at a baseball game!

Weekend Recap

March 22, 2010 at 10:51 am | Posted in baseball, life, weekend | Leave a comment

Hope today finds everyone well. Don’t have much to share at this point this am, but I thought I’d do a quick recap of my weekend.

Friday – Got out of work and went to Sandy’s to help her work on cleaning up her apt. We worked through the boy’s room. We broke down a busted game table, organized the books and games and then swept up and threw out all the assorted pieces to games and stuff that was left over. Both boys were good for the most part, with some issues tossed in. But really, even as adults, who of us doesn’t have issues from time to time.  She bought me dinner as a thank you and also gave me two Red Sox books that I didn’t have. 🙂 Good day.

Saturday – Woke up around 10am and called my friend Dave as we were supposed to be getting together to use the truck so we could both dump garbage in a dumpster at his work. He got to the house @ about 11 and we started to it. It only took two trips to move most of the stuff we had. On the way to his house for the 2nd trip, we stopped by the cigar shop in town and each picked up one. Then at his place, we took a break for a cigar and a couple beers out on the patio with Dave’s bf Billy.  We both commented on how long it had been since we did so and agreed that it wont be as long till next time. We finished up and dropped the last of our garbage before heading home. I was a little later than I planned but it was worth it.

Nikki was just getting in the shower and when she got out, I jumped in and took a quick one. Sadly there was no hot water left, so that kind of sucked. We both got dressed and headed out. Saturday was the monthly Vampire roleplay game in Rutland. We swung by and picked up Chris and were on our way. We had a blast there as usual. Lots of fun, laughs and some surprises. We headed to Denny’s with the group as we normally do and then headed home. After dropping Chris off,  we walked into the house around 5am Sunday morning. We undressed, slid into bed and promptly passed out.

Sunday – Slept in till about 12:15. Not nearly as long as I wanted to. But I got some good sleep. As usual I rolled over and grabbed my cell off the nightstand. The flashing light showed two text messages. One from Sandy asking if I wanted some  stuff from the apt. Next was my friend Becky asking me to call when I got a chance. So I give her a ring. Apparently her computer got some sort of Malware and it wouldn’t even let them on the net. Normally it wouldn’t be a huge deal, but Nick (her hubs) and I had a fantasy baseball draft that night. So I told her I’d come look at it and worst case, Nick could come to my house and use one of our spare machines for the draft. So I headed over and got them all sorted out for the time being. Then we hung, chatted, Becky took a nap then we had dinner. About 5 mins before draft, I log in and my browser keeps crashing. Keep in mind im “borrowing” a wireless connection, so I figure that’s the issue. I hop in the truck and head home, thankful to live about 100 yards away. That must have been it as my connection was fine on the home network. Draft went smooth, then did some laundry and went to bed.

Great weekend overall, productive and fun, but im still looking for a nap.

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