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“Baseball been berry berry good to me!”

chico e(a quote from Chico Escuela – Garrett Morris on SNL)

Most of you know I don’t particularly care for sports.  My father was SPORTS-A-HOLIC, and as such, when he wasn’t watching football, basketball, baseball, softball and hockey he was refereeing/umpiring football, basketball, baseball, softball and hockey (in his off time).

When I became disabled (initially@ age 12) sports were pretty much off the table.  He did try to teach me tennis, however.

After the disability, I became effectively a sports orphan (You’ve heard of sports widows?)

So, the announcement the World Series began Wednesday night last was a big yawn for me.  Fox News did a poll:

Q: The World Series begins Wednesday night. Who will win?

28%   Boston Red Sox

30%   St. Louis Cardinals

42%   I don’t care

When I was a kid, the over-emphasized sports thing aside, Baseball -The National Pastime, had fans and followers, even among kids who didn’t really care.  I liked a number of teams, and players.  As my Dad refereed Cactus League games  (Spring training camp games) there was access to famous players.

My Dad even got me an Ernie Banks autographed baseball ! (which I subsequently ruined, not understanding the history or meaning of such a souvenir.)

Hell, I was in grade school, what did I know?

When I saw the Fox News poll, it got me to wondering:  With all the movies, video games, texting, computers, etc., is Baseball still the National Pastime?

Or is it just like so many other things from the mid-Twentieth Century?  A ruined historical souvenir?

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


10 thoughts on ““Baseball been berry berry good to me!”

  1. The World Series got beat in the tv ratings by the sloppy, poorly played, abismal MNF game between the Giants & Vikings.
    Seems us ‘mericans like us some football.

    Posted by KM | October 26, 2013, 9:48 am
  2. I’m pretty sure that football has long since surpassed baseball in terms of TV ratings. But plenty of folks still like it. (Like me, although I’m a casual fan.)

    Posted by Rev. Paul | October 26, 2013, 10:22 am
  3. I don’t give a rats ass… I’ve watched ONE game since the 94 strike…

    Posted by Old NFO | October 26, 2013, 1:03 pm
  4. Haven’t watched a professional sports game in many years. Bunch of overpaid thugs in my opinion.

    Posted by | October 27, 2013, 7:43 am
  5. The one thing that gets my attention andmakes me smile – the first time I hear a game being announced each year. It means Spring has arrived. But I don’t pay attention after that.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | October 27, 2013, 7:35 pm

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