“No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.”

It’s snowing again with that wet, heavy snow. The roads are clear but the lawns and tree branches are covered. I’d guess January if I had only what I can see out my window as a hint.

Today is opening day for the Red Sox in Cleveland. I wonder if they have boots with cleats. Are their gloves flannel-lined? This is a game to be watched on TV in the warmth of my house.

Baseball is my favorite game. Even when I was young, I loved baseball. I think it had to do with how easy it is to understand. Football has too many positions and too many plays. I get the gist and know a few of the infractions which is more than enough for me, but with baseball I even get the nuances and can understand the lingo like around the horn, Texas leaguer or hitting for the cycle. I can even explain the in-field fly rule. A pitcher’s duel is the most boring game of all despite how mechanically good the game is. A rough and ready game with lots of hits, a few silly errors, steals and maybe even a manager ejection are the most fun to watch. The Sox have several young players so I’m going to have to learn the roster. David Ortiz, hated by some but loved by many, is starting his last year. It will be strange to think of the Sox without Big Papi. I have high hopes for this season but then I had high hopes for last season and look what happened. Red Sox fans expect to suffer. It’s in our DNA.

I watched some of Sarah Palin’s Wisconsin speech for Trump. At first I thought it was a Saturday Night Live parody as they do her so well. “What the heck are you thinking, candidates? What the heck are you thinking when you’re actually asking for more immigrants — even illegal immigrants, welcoming them in,” Palin said of Trump’s opponents. “Even inducing and seducing them with gift baskets: ‘Come on over the border and here’s a gift basket of teddy bears and soccer balls.” Imagine the stampede of illegal aliens hurrying to the borders before the gift baskets are gone.

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18 Comments on ““No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.””

  1. Richard Says:

    Just remember, it’s not an Arctic blast nor is it the Dreaded ‘Polar Vortex;’ it’s ‘Climate Change’ … why, this could eventually lead to a tipping point with so much ‘global warming’ that it could trigger the next Glaciation Period … just imagine for a moment: The seas would contract back, becoming glaciers; more and more of Florida would come out of the ocean … the horrors … the horrors … Paging Col. Kurtz …

    Besabol Seasoning is upon us again, jess? I’ll wait it out until Series time, but I’ll only be watching if the Yankees are in it. Dad used to take us to Pelican Stadium in N’Awlins to watch (wait for it) the Pelicans. We were seated high up in the Cheap Seats when a foul ball rose up and arced in our direction. I watched its progress with fascination right up to the moment it struck me in the forehead. I didn’t even get the damned ball to keep as a souvenir of my injury. Life ain’t fair.

    I’m seriously disappointed not only with Palin but with many others (e.g., Jeff Sessions, Joe Arpaio) who have chosen to ride the Trump Train. Seriously, Trump a conservative? He didn’t magically become reckless, obnoxious, ill-informed, erratic, hot-tempered, pathologically dishonest, rude, crude, and in general unqualified for the office of the presidency. His style will not ‘play brilliantly’ in the general election and he will not ‘win over’ working-class democrats (lowercase intentional). Occam’s Razor is right: Trump acts as he does because it’s who he is. He’s this way all the time. He will always be like this. There is no ‘long game.’ He doesn’t look as far ahead as the next sentence, much less the next step in getting elected. Even Ann Coulter, for God’s sake, called him ‘mental.’ No Shinola, Sherlock. Trump cares only about Trump. I am constitutionally unable to welcome Trump’s fans-turned-foe with open arms. Trump will, when all is said and done, have cost Republicans the House, the Senate, the Presidency, and SCOTUS. I’m not gonna just ‘hug it out.’

    And now for a much more sedate – and comfortable – change of pace. If you saw the movie ‘Ragtime,’ the one in which Jimmy Cagney made his final on-screen appearance and for which Randy Newman wrote the best score of his estimable career, you’re already familiar with the melody that establishes the mood of the film. Newman conveys a sense of melancholia and of a place and time since passed and relegated to the dusty pages of history with gentleness and a light, yet informed, touch …


    If you’d like to hear the soundtrack ‘in toto,’ here’s the link for that …

    • katry Says:

      I loved the book Ragtime and thought the movie did it justice. The music is superb.

      Florida could freeze from those newly formed glaciers. I have to admit snow isn’t unusual this time of year. We have snow even into late April sometimes. It is never much and always melts in a day.

      WhenI was a kid, we went to see the Sox often. We went by bus then subway and bought bleacher seats. I think they were $1.00 or even less back then. Once my dad got skybox tickets and took me with him. I loved the view. My college boyfriends father was in the state senate and often they got comp tickets so we went. The seats were always close to the field, and we’d bring lunch.

      If Palin is Trump’s attempt to woo women voters, he’s off the mark. I do see working class republicans voting for Trump. They seem to fill all the Trump rally seats. The Republican Party started to take Trump seriously too late. He is everything you said but will still be the party’s candidate in November.

      I love the music you’ve been posting! Many thanks!!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Sarah Palin’s time as “sexy librarian” is long gone. She is now just an incoherent idiot with microphone access.

    The Bengals kick-off tomorrow night against those rascally Marlins down in the Swamp State. Justin and the Boys come home to take on the odious Yankees in the Friday opener when the temperature is promised to be in the 30s

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That speech was unbelievable. It made little sense and was all over the place. The audience looked bored and many were chatting or reading or yawning. Oops, they were also chuckling a bit.

      The Sox won’t be home until April 11 so maybe it will be above 40 by then.

  3. olof1 Says:

    I really don’t understand how anyone can take palin seriously 🙂 Most of the time it’s even hard to get what she’s talking about anyway 🙂

    I do like baseball but it is such a tiny sport here that it’s hard to ever even see a game. We played a lot in highschool but since most people had problems hitting the ball we threw it like they do in softball instead 🙂

    Unusually warm here today (well it has been much warmer than usual the entire year so far), we even reached as high as 65F before it cooled down again. It was a truly wonderful day so I’m not jelaous of Your snow 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      She jumps all over the place. I always wonder what is on the papers she keeps looking at as she doesn’t make sense sometimes.

      The game was postponed because of the weather today. They’ll play tomorrow.

      It is still cold and we alternate between rain and big clumpy snow.

      Enjoy your nice weather.

  4. im6 Says:

    That Palin speech was one for the record books. Can you imagine had she become the Vice President? She makes Dan Quayle look like Einstein. Palin needs to hit the road with Trump’s ex, Ivana. Here’s a great a interview she recently did with the New York Post, where she says, “As long as you come here legally and get a proper job … we need immigrants,” she said. “Who’s going to vacuum our living rooms and clean up after us? Americans don’t like to do that.”

    Read more from Ivana:

    • katry Says:

      The worst of it is she is probably right. Many Americans see themselves too highbrow to toil and labor at less paying, more menial jobs.

      Sarah Palin is scary.

    • Richard Says:

      If y’ think Palin’s scary, you just haven’t looked closely enough at Skankles and The Bern … those two really put the load in my diaper …

      • katry Says:

        Palin makes little or no sense when she speaks. I have looked at the other candidates. Palin is the scariest.

      • Richard Says:

        She may indeed be on the ‘scary’ side – BUT: She’s not running for the office of the presidency – the two Good Little Socialists are … that’s where the real scare comes in …

      • katry Says:

        I don’t mind discussing Palin but discussing anyone running is not a topic of conversation for here so we’ll agree to disagree.

  5. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve stopped shaking my head over the things Palin and company say. It was giving me RSI in my cervical vertebrae.
    Alaska resident Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station blog and Facebook page (excellent reads btw) once referred to Sarah as Word Salad Sally. I may have snorted my iced coffee when I read it because it was so descriptive. You betcha! 🙂

    I got six inches of snow up here today. Nice, wet stuff. Those little flowers in the lawn are going to be very unhappy, I think.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I watch her when I need a chuckle or many chuckles. She has the strangest voice intonation and always seems as if she is speaking off the cuff though she keeps looking at papers.

      I love that-Word Salad Sally.

      We got maybe an inch or at the most two. It is wet, heavy snow from all the rain we got in the afternoon. I threw deicer on the back steps so it won’t ice up. I don’t need Gracie falling again.

      It is going to be January cold for the next few days with wind chills in the single digits.

      I have doctor’s appointments this week, had an MRI today. I think this may be the last of it as I’ll ignore my eye doctor for a couple of months as I know I’ll need stronger glasses and between my doctors and vets I’m spending a bit of money.

      Stay warm!.

  6. Bob Says:

    Acctually, Tina Fey makes a better Sarah Palin than the original. I think she can see Russia from her front porch. 🙂

    Baseball is a wonderful pastime. It’s a very mental game requiring skill and strategy. It’s cerebral, a thinking man’s game. I think it’s the only ball game where the defense has the ball when play begins. Today the Rangers opened at home to sunny clear skies and 80 degree temperature. They beat the Mariners.

    • katry Says:

      Tina Fey is so perfect as Sarah!

      Good start for the Rangers. The Sox and Cleveland were postponed until today-snow!!

      I so love baseball!!!

  7. sprite Says:

    One of the over-the-air channels we get did a baseball movie marathon yesterday afternoon and evening, so we settled in for a primetime viewing of Safe at Home, a 1962 comedy about a boy who lied to his new little league team and told them his oft-absent father was friends with Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle and then got backed into promising the two players would show up at the kids’ banquet. So he heads off to the Yankees spring training facility to ask them to come without telling anyone but his best friend. William Frawley plays the team manager in his last film role. A little didactic, but cute.

    • katry Says:

      I thought I’d seen most of the old movies about baseball, but this one doesn’t sound familiar at all. Now I’ll have to find it!

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