I attended all of those games religiously in rain, sleet, extreme heat, and even double headers. I loved those evenings, watching our guys proceed from the minors to the majors... or not. After watching Little League-rs running around like butterflies and moths in fall, I needed relief. Our team was a feeder to the California Angels back in those days. Good times. We used to know all of our players by name (and statistics) and would
Besides, I had a much younger friend who was dating one (or two) of the players at one time or another. They were probably just being nice to us so they could get to know her, but I always understood why. She was quite something....
Mr. Snoots never cared much for the games or for baseball in general, so I always took the kids with me to the games unless the weather was too nasty. Then, I would get the kids fed and ready for slumber, then I'd go it alone, armed with a rain poncho, umbrella, gloves, etc. I really miss those days. Hot dogs, beer, 7th inning stretch & singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame". I had friends who would occasionally come join me at the games, but no one ever braved the weather like I did. Hey, I used to be a skier. I'm accustomed to inclement weather.
People that know me were always shocked to see me at the games, yelling as if I were
One reason I adored Max was that he always told our daughter (SD) that she could be the first woman to play in major league baseball. She played Little League at the time and suffered the wrath of the Dads that thought she brought the team statistics down. She wasn't any *daisy picker*. SD had an arm as good as any of the boys and she could throw someone out at home plate, from the midfield. There were more boy daisy pickers than anything else, but they still needled her whether they liked the fact or not. Luckily, SD always let it roll right off her back like water, much the same way she does about anything that annoys her these days.
Sadly, Max was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and was gone from us within the year. Once our kids lost their fascination for baseball, we gave up the box seats, moving on to the sport-of-the-moment (mainly soccer and basketball). Still, I've always missed baseball and Max, since those days.
So, it only stands to reason that I should fall head-over-heels for the San Francisco Giants pitcher, Tim Lincecum. I like going with a winner, and who doesn't? However, when I watched Tim Lincecum pitch in the last game of the 2010 World Series, I was smitten from the get-go. I mean, how could you not like a pitcher who approaches the pitchers mound to the song "Come On Baby Light My Fire" by Jim Morrison and The Doors? Hello.
Anyway, it looks as if the Giants won't be making it to the playoffs this year, much less the World Series. But, it's always exciting to watch the playoffs and the World Series, no matter who is playing...
My favorite baseball movies are:
A League Of Their Own
For Love Of The Game
Field Of Dreams
Bad News Bears
If you've never seen these movies, then get yourself to the closest rental place and rent one. They are all awesome and inspiring....