Baseball Free …

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Things I’ve learned in the past three baseball-less weeks.

Did you know it only takes four seconds to put the toilet paper roll on the hanger in the bathroom?  I had forgotten that that’s what that little wall bracket thingy is for. Did you know that you can do that every time you start a new roll?

Now, with no baseball to watch, I suddenly have all sorts of time to do the things that I haven’t done for awhile.

Like catch up on my People magazines.

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Have you heard the news? Kim and Kanye are getting married! Ahhh, precious young love. So sweet and pure and true.

(Dear San Francisco Giants, you should be ashamed … whoring out AT&T Park like that. But, don’t worry, Hunter Pence, I still love you.)

Hunter Baseball Camp2

“If you wanna be a Hunter’s Hitter, you’re gonna have a lot of movement. Like a hungry man chasing a taco.”

(Really, you must watch this. Now. I’ll wait.)

And, tidy up the workplace.

These linens don’t wash themselves.

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(Warning To Future Massage Therapists: This is three days’ worth of laundry. They don’t tell you about this in Massage School, do they?  Yeh, happy folding, Sucker.)

And, look what happened while I was watching baseball … the barn is finished!

good morning barn2

And, in fairness to Barn Dude, he did finish it before the World Series, just as he promised. (Hey, Barn Dude, are you reading this? I still need a shelf in there!)

Cold, heavy rain all last night. It’s clearly not baseball season anymore. So, I was just about to count the days until Pitchers and Catchers report (78) when this Tweet from Jaye popped up.

jaye tweet

I only have a few Twitter followers, and most of them are obscure overseas marketers trying to sell me something – like saris. Apparently, I’m the only Yoga teacher who doesn’t wear a Sari.

(But, I’ll wear a Sari before I’ll ever wear Lululemon.)

Jaye is a blogger, too. And, a really good one … read her, ok?

Her Tweet reminded me that I hadn’t written in awhile. Mainly because what is there to say on a baseball blog when there is no baseball?

The bulk of off-season baseball stories are about players seeking tens of millions of dollars.

(Which is better than stories about players being bullies. So, there is that.)

Or, the Washington Nationals asking the D.C. government to give them $300 million for a retractable roof.

Which leads me to these points.

Point #1. If you can’t play baseball outside, then maybe you shouldn’t be playing baseball. (Florida and Arizona, you have Spring Training … ALL the teams are there every spring.  And, you have the Fall League! Isn’t that enough for you?) And, Houston Astros, if the Texas Rangers can play outside, why can’t you? (And, Toronto, Seattle, Milwaukee? Oh, never mind …)

Point #2. Really, Nationals? A retractable roof is going to put you in the playoffs? Why not spend $300 million on Robinson Cano? Or, two Carlos Beltrans?

Editor/Husband says that $300 million for a retractable roof seems reasonable to him. (This conversation really happened: Me: “Hey, you can have 30 Jim Johnsons for that.” He: “If only he were retractable.” “I don’t know what that means.” “I don’t either.”)

Point #3. The Mayor laughed at the Nats’ request. Laughed. And, someone in his office said the roof would be “butt ugly.” So, uh, I guess that means no roof?

Point #4. Editor/Husband says my stubbornness about indoor baseball is similar to the outcry over lights at baseball parks and the first night games. The first major league night game was in 1935. (He remembers this? Editor/Husband is much older than I thought.)

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Lights. Clouds. Sky.

Things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving? Just 78 days ’til Pitchers & Catchers report.  Happy Thanksgiving!

10 thoughts on “Baseball Free …

    • Don’t hate on Hunter — his quirkies are what makes him loveable! Also, if you are to believe the baseball bloggers (and they are a notorious bunch of maker-uppers), the Orioles are willing to unload their entire pitching staff and a handful of position players so that they can afford Beltran. This will make for an interesting season and Beltran will have a nice big empty clubhouse to lounge around in.

      P.S. One of my clients brought me a Schlafly’s beer from St. Louis last month as a means to lobby me to “Go Cards” in the World Series. Now, that’s good fan relations! So the final “Woo” Score: St. Louis – 1 Tasty Beer. Boston: – Nothing.

  1. Pence is great, I am very pleased that he is staying a Giant. I will never forget his postseason dugout speech last year, nor his magic hitting of the ball three times. I don’t think Duane Kuiper would approve of the Cardassian getting engaged at AT&T; I’m sure I remember him making a barbed comment about her once (though whatever it was, I agree with him).

    • Thanks for stopping by — Giants fans are always welcome here! :)

      I LOVE Hunter Pence, too. He’s delightfully quirky and yet under all the goofiness, he’s a great player. He’s a great fit for the Giants and they did right to sign him. I love his oddball choices for walk-up music, his ability to joke and laugh at himself, and his great cheerleading during the games.

      Did you see the Giants promo they did, where Hunter and the team reenacted the classic scene from Animal House — a send-up of his dugout cheerleading from 2012? If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely give it a look. I link to it on this post: https://baseballzen9.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/free-baseball-chilly-spring-edition/

  2. Love the new barn, but what is that structure way behind it? Perhaps the next rebuilding project for Barn Dude? And speaking of rebuilding, can someone please teach the Cubs how to do it? And speaking of the Cubs, if they ever put a roof over Wrigley Field, I will deny I was born in Chicago.

    • That building on the other side of the barn is the old corral. It’s little more than a rain shelter for possums, raccoons, woodchucks, squirrels, and chipmunks.

      As for Wrigley Field … I think you’re safe. They’re lovingly old school! :)

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    • The only indoor baseball I’ve been in is at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. It always seemed a little too warm and damp. And, it smelled like the indoor pools at cheap hotels with a little bit of high school gym locker mixed in. The lighting was dim, dismal, and depressing. I’ll take my chances with a rainout any day over indoor baseball!

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