BASEBALL IS BACK
Before beginning this post, I must mention something. There is a Disturbance in the Force. Tonight I witnessed the Atlanta Braves play the best season opener I’ve ever seen them play, and I’ve been watching the Braves play season openers since I was a little kid. Something’s going on here. The Braves are usually good late season finishers, getting hot in August and September. It is entirely too early to make predictions, because like the Braves, they could turn around and lose their next 25 games. But — they look good, too good. Scary good.
Come October….don’t be surprised…if….?
“I don’t know how I fell in love with baseball, I just loved to play it. Everyone who loves baseball can remember the first time he saw the inside of a real major league park with real big-league players. It stays with you forever — the greenness of the grass, the sight of major leaguers in uniform, the sound of a big-league swing meeting a big-league pitch.“ GWB
There is something rather disturbing about a President who is not in the country on opening day of Major League Baseball. If nothing else is a commentary about Brack Obama and his abject lack of understanding, affection, and love of this nation, it is the fact that he has choosen not to be in the country on opening day.
“Baseball isn’t just the stats. As much as anything else, baseball is the style of Willie Mays, or the determination of Hank Aaron, or the endurance of a Mickey Mantle, the discipline of Carl Yastrzemski, the drive of Eddie Mathews, the reliability of a (Al) Kaline or a (Joe) Morgan, the grace of a (Joe) DiMaggio, the kindness of a Harmon Killebrew, and the class of Stan Musial, the courage of a Jackie Robinson, or the heroism of Lou Gehrig. My hope for the game is that these qualities will never be lost.” GWB
“…Opening Day has been synonymous with United States presidents as well. On April 14, 1910, baseball enthusiast William Howard Taft attended the home opener in Washington D.C., becoming the first U.S. President to throw out the first pitch to start a season. Eleven sitting U.S. presidents have done the same since then. One standout, Harry S. Truman, showcased his ambidextrous talent when he threw out ceremonial first pitches with both his right and left arm in 1950. On April 4, 1994, Bill Clinton inaugurated the Cleveland Indians’ new ballpark, Jacobs Field, with the first pitch….”