*Romance defined: …….. emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized.
“There’s a great article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel today written by one of our favorite sportswriters, Mark Purdy, in which Mark boldly claims that baseball is not romantic. “Cram the Romance” he says.”
No ~ Not that Kind of Romance!
Last night I posted from Youtube my very favorite baseball video that included the lyrics. It started out as a great song written by John Fogerty entitled “Centerfield” and evolved into a video that’s been viewed over one million times. I challenge anyone to view this great ditty, full screen, with volume up, and not relate it to the definition of romance as defined above.
Okay, maybe it’s because it’s opening day and the A’s and Mariners are playing right now, as we speak, followed by the Giants and Dodgers at 1:00PM on the telly and not one darn thing will get done at my house today. At least not in the way of Monday morning chores, that type of thing. As far as romance and my hubby are concerned, it sometimes revolves around baseball. (See you in October sweetie!)♥
Well, beat the drum and hold the phone – the sun came out today!
We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field.
A-roundin’ third, and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man;
Anyone can understand the way I feel.
Oh, put me in, coach – I’m ready to play today;
Put me in, coach – I’m ready to play today;
Look at me, I can be centerfield.
Well, I spent some time in the mudville nine, watchin’ it from the bench;
You know I took some lumps when the mighty casey struck out.
So say hey willie, tell ty cobb and joe dimaggio;
Don’t say “it ain’t so”, you know the time is now.
Yeah! I got it, I got it!
Got a beat-up glove, a homemade bat, and brand-new pair of shoes;
You know I think it’s time to give this game a ride.
Just to hit the ball and touch ’em all – a moment in the sun;
(pop) it’s gone and you can tell that one goodbye!
I’ve run this before but it’s my all time favorite baseball video so it just seems appropriate to use it to start off another baseball season. Thank you God for giving us John Fogerty and these wonderful classic shots of baseball history, courtesy of Youtube and “Cowboy Lyrics.com“.
Okay, I have to admit things are a little slow, but here in the Bay Area there’s still a lot of hoopla left over from the World Series. We should be able to live off the laurels of those 2010 Giants for years to come. And the Championship Trophy has been on tour for the past few weeks making headlines everywhere it goes. All in all, Continue reading →
"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.