“Baseball is a good thing. Always was, always will be.”

The house is dark: no sun is streaming through the windows. The prediction is for rain, even thundershowers, so the sky is filled with clouds. The branches and leaves of the backyard oak trees blow back and forth in the wind. The air is wet, humid. Early this morning, around three, when I let Henry out, I stuck my head out the door to check the weather. The air was so thick with humidity I could see it hanging there almost like fog, and I swear my hair got wet just from that quick look.

I will go nowhere today even though I have a small shopping list and bags of trash to go to the dump. I’m going to take an early nap then watch the Sox play the Yankees at 4. The last two games between them have been amazing. The Sox won the first with a score of 15-7. I was on my feet clapping and cheering. Last night Rick Porcello pitched a complete game one-hitter. That one Yankee hit happened in the first inning when everything else happened. Porcello hit Brett Gardner at the start of the game with the count 0-2, obviously not intentional with that count. New York’s Luis Severino answered with a high-and-inside fastball when Mookie Betts led off the bottom half. The ump warned both benches. Cora, the Sox manager, took umbrage and ran toward the ump who  gestured to him not to get any closer. Cora kept running, was ejected and watched the rest of the game on TV.  Porcello faced 28 hitters and threw only 86 pitches to win. That game was a masterpiece.

When I was a kid, I loved the Celtics and the Red Sox. Seats were cheap in those days so I’d go to the Garden to see the Celts in the winter and Fenway to see the Sox in the summer. I could take a bus then the subway to get to both places. I sat in the bleachers at the Sox games. My best view was of the outfielders and the bullpen. At the Garden, my seats were somewhere in the middle, and I could see all the action. Back then, the Celts were always champions while the Sox were closer to the bottom of the standings. I didn’t care. I was just thrilled to be there in the middle of all the excitement and to see my sports heroes in real life.

I have some Cracker Jacks and some corn to pop. I’ll wear a Red Sox shirt and cheer for the home team. Go Sox!

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12 Comments on ““Baseball is a good thing. Always was, always will be.””

  1. Spaceman Says:

    Have to play:

    • katry Says:

      Spaceman,
      It is posted above but not John himself. I don’t think I have ever seen him singing this before. I usually just post a link or, like above, a random video.

      Thanks!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Same dreary, dark weather here except now and then it brightens a wee bit. Then it rains a wee bit. It’s humid but the breeze is cool so I’ve opened up the windows and the doors and shut off the AC.
    I did go early-ish to get some things I forgot to put on my Peapod order. That’s coming this evening. I’ll go nowhere today except to walk the dogs.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It is raining is heavily still I can’t yet open the back door. Henry ran out, went and ran back inside. Not one of my boxers would have gone out in all that rain.

      I took a nap. That’s it for today. I’ll shower after the Sox game. I have been quite lazy.

      Have a great evening!!

  3. Sheila Says:

    P.S. Just noticed Fogarty’s guitar is a baseball bat. Way coooool !!!

  4. Bob Says:

    This weekend is the induction festivities at the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown NY. These days the baseball pundits admit the myth that the game was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown in the 19th century. That myth was perpetrated by sports businessmen such as A.G. Spaulding. Baseball evolved from ball and stick games played during colonial times.

    Baseball is not a sport as much as a pastime because of the lack of a game clock. The purest form of the game is played in the National League where every player including pitchers go to bat. The team owners and TV executives hate the fact that the game has it’s own pace and can’t fit into a two hour TV time slot. They are planning all kinds adjustments to speed up the game such as a pitching clock which will change the nature of the game. The intentional walk no longer requires four pitches and mound visits are reduced. However, I think baseball will still draw fans who appricate a game of strategy, trickery, fitness and inches. Even the umpire adage of ‘I call em as I see em’ is second guessed with instant replay.

    Another day of sunshine and normal upper 90s hot.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      You are just a bit behind. The induction has already happened. Dennis Eckersley was talking about it earlier in the week during Sox broadcasts. I think cricket and rounders were the great grand parents of baseball. They share many of the same components.

      I don’t agree about the National League being the purest form of the game. There is no purest form any more. The game changes and the rules change. The approach to the game is entirely different. Statistics are important now. The game has had a resurgence in many cities. I haven’t seen the complaints from managers and team owners. The Sox are back to sell otuts.

      Rain all afternoon!

      • Bob Says:

        The biggest rule change was the designated hitter which changed the entire strategy of the game. Since the National League plays the game by the rules in place since the turn of the 20th century it’s a purer version. Obviously, watching pitchers at the plate is not as exciting as bringing up a Reggie Jackson as the DH. College baseball use aluminum bats which make a strange sound when making contact with the ball which is not as pure as using a wooden bat.

        I’m a purest and wish they would bring back the white sanitary socks which have no purpose today except to look like a baseball player and not a softball player.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Watching a pitcher strike out doesn’t make baseball better. It sometimes ruins the flow of the game knowing that if you can get to the pitcher, you have an out.

        Here we have the Cape League, considered the premier summer college league in the country, and they use wooden bats. It takes the college players a while to get use to them so the hits are fewer at the beginning of the season.

        Some of these are old but here they are: 5 Major Tule Changes in Baseball:

        https://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/5-major-rule-changes-in-history-of-baseball.htm


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