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Judy, Another fine blog. Things like Baseball, I believe, aid me in better understanding the difference between right and wrong (safe and out; fair and foul; strike and ball). It is my hope that an appreciation of the rules of Baseball helps people respect those like your son who defend our way of life. I believe your son has grown up to be a man of honor and integrity, knowing right from wrong, partly because of his recognition of all that is good and pure about Baseball. Though I mostly attribute it to your good parenting. I hope he feels the need to fight for what is right, because that is exactly what I would tell him if I had the honor of meeting him. I think he knows already so my advice would be unnecessary. In the end, we will always have Baseball. And I am glad the season is long and most of it is played without competion from the other professional leagues, which inspire no where near the personal integrity, which is the basis for all I hold true about the bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2011 on Road Trip to Elsewhere at watching the game
@Baseball Idiot: Your quote is wonderful, though I like Judy's: "I like a game that is bookended by walks to and from the field." If I could walk to Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium I would be in heaven. Though I walk down the street to see the Cap Cod League during its limited run would fit the bill just as well. I used to look out my bedroom window at the school yard ballfied just to see who was playing. Even when I wasn't old enough to make either team I still loved to watch. Nothing has changed and my love of Baseball only grows stronger with each passing day. Nice post, Judy! Paul
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2011 on Walking to the Game at watching the game
Beautiful piece of writing. It inspired me to post my own memory of my Mom and Baseball on Thanks.
Toggle Commented May 6, 2011 on Mother's Day Memories at watching the game
Judy, This essay is a work of art which you can read and feel in as many ways as you are capable of understanding. I especially enjoyed the sentiment in this line: "Our ballgames weren’t organized in advance. They happened spontaneously almost every afternoon in spring, because the field was the one place where we all wanted to be." This is exactly how it was when I was growing up next to Willard School, and could peer out my bedroom window to see who was playing in the schoolyard. I don't have my old gloves anymore but I can still feel their sweaty interiors if I put my mind to it. Thanks.
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2011 on My Favorite Glove at watching the game
Judy, I immensely enjoy your commentary upon Baseball and keep you at the top of my Yahoo RSS feed. Please let me suggest you put your hair back in pigtails and position yourself as a shortstop in an amateur game. Pick your opponent, and even if it is a one day rivalry (pickup game), it will help satisfy your urge to play. I have done this on numerous occasions and it has done wonders. Best, Pau;
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2010 on How Does It Feel? at watching the game
Keep up the good work! Paul
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2010 on Times Past and Present at watching the game
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Jun 25, 2010
Beautiful post and thanks for your take on 9-11. We still think about the friends we lost, but you have helped us today. Good job. Please continue writing about baseball and life. Best, Paul
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2010 on Trot in Boston at watching the game
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