What is it about blogs that so many of us feel that we have something new, unique, magical, and quippy to offer the world?
I’ve discovered in writing this that I’m just one of hundreds — probably thousands — of people with the same love of baseball and the urge to share it on blogs, on message boards, in tweets. And, sadly, most of them have far more interesting insights than I do.
This annoys me. Even though no one is reading this … except for my husband, who serves as Editor and Yankees Fan for this blog (Hi, Honey!). Still, I was hoping to channel some amazing Dorothy Parker moments here. (She’s buried in Baltimore, you know.)
Then, in talking to a friend about her important role in my baseball education — she taught me to score games — she sent me a story about HER love of baseball.
And, dammit … HER story, and how her love of the St. Louis Cardinals was kindled, was way more interesting than my baseball background …
“As a teen, I would grab my brother Jim, who cared nothing for baseball, we’d head out to Northland shopping center and catch the Tri-State Bus down to the old Busch Stadium — pay $2.00 each for a bleacher seat and I, at least, would buy a program and score card. I was a geek — sitting with my pencil behind my ear and scoring each at-bat.”
Then she proceeded to tell me about the amazing bond that baseball was between her and her father.
And, so now I think … I’m not very interesting … and I probably don’t have anything much interesting to add to the baseball mix. (Well, aside from an unshakable loyalty to the Baltimore Orioles and the fact that I became a true baseball fan in 1988 not in spite of the fact that the Orioles started the season 0-21, but BECAUSE of it.)
But, while I’m not very interesting, I have some VERY interesting people in my life. And, some of them love baseball, too.
And, maybe this blog might be better used, if I share some of their stories, too.
Oh, don’t worry … I’m not that humble. I’ll still give my story. But, I think I’ll be overshadowed by my friends. There’s Amy, who loves the Cardinals, and Jim Johnson (not the pitcher) who is either a Twins fan or a Red Sox fan, or both. And, lots of other folk who have that same kind of passion.
So, this blog might be a treat for me — a chance to write about baseball. But, from here on in, I rag nobody. Whooops, wrong baseball line. From here on in, this blog’s for all the baseball fans in my life. (And, who knows, I might even give them the link to the page … some day.)