Baseball’s been in my blood since I was six years old. The garlic fries came later. Dad played minor league ball in Longview, Washington, back in the 1940’s when most small towns in the Pacific Northwest had organized ball of some sort. Well, he didn’t actually play in the minors. It was more like semi-semi minor pro, but to a kid it might as well been the minors. Maybe even the Majors!
Dad taught me how to score ballgames early on. We lived out in the boonies on the Oregon Coast in a small town called Port Orford. On game days, I had my homemade scorecard ready with line-ups gathered from the morning paper, pencils sharpened and ready to go. I carefully recorded every play, every pitch, every strike and every hit. When dad walked through the door at night I proudly presented him with my masterpiece of a scorecard and we’d go over the game, play by play. These were special times and I remember them fondly.
And in junior high when the other kids had Elvis Presley and Chuck Barry pasted on their lockers I had a full size shot of Mickey Mantle with that glorious bat thrown over his shoulder staring straight at me every time I opened that locker door. I was obsessed! Now, many years later, I’m going on an 8 day baseball trip and the blog begins! It’s an organized tour that starts in Baltimore and ends in Chicago and includes the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
My dream and love of baseball continues and I want to share it with anyone who wants to hear about it! I’ve found the perfect venue for my webpage ~ WordPress to the rescue! Ronni Redmond, Santa Cruz CA. May, 2010.
Note: A little shameless self-promotion ~ On August 12, 2011, I published my very first book, “Garlic Fries and Baseball: The Book“. It’s a compilation of some of my blogs with additional stuff thrown in. I had a lot of fun writing it and it’s getting good reviews ~ available here and also at Amazon and other major book sellers.