Happy Place: There’s No Place Like It

When The Daily Post asked bloggers to show their “Happy Place” on their blogs this week I wasn’t going to play along. After all, what do you expect me to say?

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home;

A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,

Which seek thro’ the world, is ne’er met elsewhere.

Home! Home! Sweet, sweet home!

There’s no place like home! There’s no place like home!

~ From the 1823 opera “Clari, or the Maid of Milan.”

happy place

© The Baseball Bloggess

Funny thing. 1823 is also the year that we can find the first known references to the game of “base ball”:

“I was last Saturday much pleased in witnessing a company of active young men playing the manly and athletic game of ‘base ball’ at the Retreat in Broadway.” ~ The National Advocate, April 23, 1823.

Coincidence? Of course not.

There’s no place like home.

Photo: The University of Virginia vs. the Ontario Blue Jays. Davenport Field, Charlottesville, Virginia. October 13, 2015. (Taken behind the netting. Sorry about that.) © The Baseball Bloggess

UVa defeated the Canadian squad (an 18-and-under team featuring some of the best young players in the country) 12-5 last night in a strange 14-inning “exhibition” game that was a more a showcase for scouts, I think, than an actual game. Players batting out of order. Pinch runners pinch running and then disappearing. Really odd.

But, still … even really odd baseball is Happy Place worthy.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

15 thoughts on “Happy Place: There’s No Place Like It

    • Thanks, MB. I have loved watching your Mets this season. You can’t go wrong with spunk and sputter! And, I mean that in the best way possible! Plus, my beloved Metropolitan Dumpling — Bartolo Colon. Good luck to your Mets. (Now that the AL will be either Blue Jays or Royals … I’m rooting NL all the way.)

  1. Even though our O’s are nowhere to be found, I am finding enjoyment in baseball’s postseason. If I was a grudge holder, I should be rooting against the Royals with every fiber of my being tonight. Heck, I may be anyway.

    • Thanks! I have a love/hate relationship with that netting … hate it when I’m trying to get my lens to focus through/around it, love it when it prevents a foul ball from killing me. You’d think they’d have come up with a clear filament netting by now, wouldn’t you?

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