If you’ve read the Ronni Redmond “bio” elsewhere on this blog you already know I have an emotional connection between my love of baseball as it relates to my dad. Most women and a lot of men probably feel this way and that’s one of the reasons I think this movie is going to be a real hit at the box office. I’m not a real Clint Eastwood fan and if I had been, his speech at the GOP Convention last month would probably have taken care of that. No, I don’t really think this movie has anything to do with Clint Eastwood. Eastwood was the main character, but let’s face it, a lot of salty old guys could have played the part.
“Amy Adams with Clint Eastwood”
Amy Adams is the real star of the film. I only choked up a few times so didn’t really need a Kleenex, and the movie’s pretty predictable except for the ending. I didn’t see it coming and I loved it!
I was surprised that the preliminaries on the “Trouble with the Curve” scored only a 5.5 out of 10. Not a lot of romantics out there I guess, or maybe patrons are comparing the new baseball movies to last year’s “Moneyball” which isn’t fair ~ Moneyball was a true movie based on a lot of statistics and this movie could be true, but isn’t. As far as I know it’s just a good old-fashioned chick flick with (base)balls.
The Trouble With the Curve? If you’re an Amy Adams fan, and even if you’re not, absolutely nothing.
YouTube Short from the Walt Disney 1942 Series, “Goofy, How To Play Baseball”
This is a hilarious movie “short” that’s been around since 1942. The scenes showing the pitcher throwing the various balls, i.e., spit, slow, curve, etc., are laugh- out- loud funny! I think it’s probably a good idea to know a little something about baseball before you watch it, or you’re going to be one confused baseball player and/or fan, as the case may be.
“Pitcher Winding Up”
Don’t you kind of miss these old Disney cartoons? We’ve come a long way with technology, but in some ways we haven’t progressed at all. It’s rather sad that the young kids today aren’t experiencing this good old-fashioned wholesome entertainment.
Thanks for the good stuff Mr. Disney. It’s not very sophisticated by today’s standards, but it was sure a lot of fun!
Just killing a little time here before the regular baseball season resumes. Is it Friday yet?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen Buster Posey on a lot of interviews and he’s a really nice guy. The impression one might get from watching this commercial is that Buster’s kind of a self-centered jerk, which he isn’t. So I’m wondering;
Who writes these commercials?
Who decides which players get to say what?
Are they out to get the guy?
Are they trying to make him look impatient and self-absorbed?
To tell you the truth I’m not a huge ESPN fan (still a little testy over the 2010 World Series treatment they gave us Giants fans) and this little spot doesn’t help much. I’d like to see something that represents the true Buster Posey; something like what Amy G. does on her “Buster Knows Squat” series.
I guess we’re all a little protective of Buster Posey here in the Bay Area. I hate to say it but I’d almost rather see him doing some of those Joey Mauer commercials, you know, the Head & Shoulders thing. Not that he has dandruff or anything but it would make him appear more like the really nice guy he is.
Nice Guy Buster
I mean Joey gets to smile in all those shampoo commercials, and I’m sure Buster has just as much to be happy about as Joey. Seeing nice guy Buster Posey laughing and smiling on a national TV commercial after all he’s been through. Now that’s a commercial I’d really like to see. How about it ESPN?
Well, okay, I admit it’s been a rather uneventful morning. Nothing to do but brag and bellow about Bumgarner’s performance last night. I thought this was pretty cute. At least it was able to get a chuckle out of me on this lazy Wednesday morning.
What does this have to do with baseball? Well, probably not very much but Gary Sinise is an avid baseball fan, a Cubs fan, Check it out here. And I thought you might give me some leeway, me being a mom, a patriot and a baseball fan myself.
Hope you enjoy the video (disregarding the girlies promo at the end).
I intended to blog about the Texas Rangers job opening for an “accountability partner” for Josh Hamilton but had second thoughts. It seems a little heartless to talk about it, maybe even a little sad, so when I found this little ditty out there in YouTube land it was an easy change-over. This is light-hearted good stuff!
So in case you’ve never seen it and even if you have here’s a wonderful version of one of Abbott & Costello’s finest routines. Abbott and Costello performed this classic “Who’s on first?” baseball sketch in their 1945 film “The Naughty Nineties” first performed as part of their stage act. This video now plays continuously on screens at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
In 1999, Time Magazine named the routine the “Best Comedy Sketch of the 20th century. And who’s to argue with them? No matter how many times I’ve seen it, it’s a classic that never gets old.
Okay, maybe things were a little slow here today. I mean there’s still a few more months until Spring Training and the football menu’s been a little lean since Green Bay and the Niners clinched their divisions, at least here at our house. I spent way too much time looking at YouTube this afternoon, but did come up with a few little ditties to share with you. Honestly, this stuff is addictive. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.
Geez! They must have a really wide strike zone in Japan.
Ouch! Don’t try this at home kids.
I see a great career as a majorette if this doesn’t work out!
Seriously, this guy belongs on a football field. Is there such a position as “baseball tackle”?
Note: This is the end of my video selection. If you are seeing an advertisement, my apologies. It has been placed here without my permission. ~ Ronni, GFBB
I’ve spent most of the day researching Ron Santo and all I can say is I wish I could have known him. What a character! At least that seems to be the consensus of all who knew him. A wonderful wacky yet sentimental man whose playing career ended in 1974, but is known more by the younger crowd of Chicago Cub fans for his career in the WGN broadcast booth as a color commentator. Wikipedia has done an excellent job with a four page article that spans his birth in 1940 in Seattle, Washington to his death on December 3, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona and includes his legacy and election into the Hall of Fame today.
Note: This is a repost of my 2010 Veteran’s Day Blog.
Arlington National Cemetery
“But the mainstay of the big leagues was the reservoir of 4-Fs – males of draft age who had been rejected on physical grounds by the Armed Forces. Not since harem attendants had gone out of style were men’s physical deficiencies so highly prized. Ulcers, hearing defects, and torn cartilages were coveted by team owners.” – Frank Graham, Jr. in Farewell to Heroes (1981)
I thought you might enjoy this little filler video while the rains come down in St. Louis, postponing tonight’s game. This one’s courtesy of Sooze over at Babes Love Baseball. I especially got a little chuckle out of her last comment. Oh to be young again with so much energy …..
“In case you somehow missed this video of an absolutely adorable member of the Rangers Ballpark grounds crew randomly busting a move between the sixth and seventh innings of Game 4… please do enjoy. Ian Kinsler was not impressed, but we totally are. (Call me when you turn 18!)
Update: We were just informed that this guy is 28. He just became like a billion times more attractive.”
I love this stuff. What a fun way to reminisce about baseball. I’d almost forgotten about the Pilots since in my mind I considered them more of a minor league team than the majors. I can’t help but wonder what the Seattle old-timers feel about Bud Selig and the Milwaukee Brewers now. I mean do you think they’re cheering for the Brewers this postseason? It’d be interesting to talk today with the man on the street in downtown Seattle about the subject.
I found these two great back-to-back You Tube videos from a fellow blogger at the “Pasttime Post“. So Seattle Mariner fans and anyone else from the Pacific Northwest who remembers ….. get yourself a beer, pop, whatever, and grab some garlic fries. This one’s for you! (Note: Contains “colorful language”!)
"I was the worst hitter ever. I never even broke a bat until last year when I was backing out of the garage." Lefty Gomez, Yankees pitcher.
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. ~George F. Will.
"Does Pete Rose hustle? Before the All Star game he came into the clubhouse and took off his shoes and they ran another mile without him." Hank Aaron.
More Baseball Quotes!
“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” - Jim Bouton
"I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice." - Casey Stengel
"This isn't a job. This is a privilege, that's what this is!" - Mike Krukow, TV Commentator, on being at the ballpark each day.
"I've found that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats." -Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox owner.
"Derek Jeter's accomplishment puts Pete Rose's hits record in perspective. 3,000 hits is phenomenal. 4,000? Freakish!" - Anthony Castrovince via Twitter
"The best possible thing in baseball is winning the World Series. The second best thing is losing the World Series." - Tommy Lasorda
"You teach me baseball and I’ll teach you relativity.... You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball." - Albert Einstein
"Baseball is a game of race, creed, and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray."
GARLICFRIESANDBASEBALL is written by a long-time fan who simply loves the game. I write my own articles (hence the grammar and occasional misspellings). If I include an article from another source, credit is given to that source and will include links when appropriate. The opinions are my own.