A Thursday Without Baseball

I’m a little disappointed to learn that Pokémon Go has nothing to do with Gumby’s faithful sidekick.

Do not bring your Pokémon to my world. The only Pokey-anything I recognize is an orange horse that is adorable, made of clay, and bends. My world includes Gumby, dammit.

gumby and pokey

(Don’t even try to explain Pokémon to me. Just don’t.)

It is Thursday. There is no baseball tonight.

Here are three things you can do until baseball returns.

ONE: Now that I’ve watched this old episode where Gumby meets Pokey for the first time, I wonder if I have ever even seen a Gumby cartoon. Because it’s strange and trippy, wonderful and terrifying. There are more than a few childhood nightmares lurking in GumbyWorld. It would have scared the hell out of me. I learned from this 1956 episode that Pokey is not orange as I always thought – he is red – and he talks. Gumby has an incredibly unsafe relationship with firearms, but Pokey seems all right.

Pokey The Red Bendy Horse – 1  Pokemon Go – 0.


TWO:  I may not Pokémon, but I can waste hours online as well as anyone. Look what I found … a photo messer-upper!  (Don’t tell me about Instagram. I don’t care.) I like this simple and satisfying way to take a photo and make it look like someone spray painted it on a brick wall.  There is no reason to do this, but I’m pleased to discover I can.

Joey Rickard Bunting On The Wall

© The Baseball Bloggess

That’s Orioles Rule 5 Draft Pick Joey Rickard and his big league sacrifice bunt splattered up there on the wall.

You can waste hours messing up your own photos in all kinds of ways here:

Picture to PeopleTHREE: There is no three. There is only killing time with Gumby, Pokey, photo messer-uppers … and this

gumby dammit

Baseball is back tomorrow.

Photo: Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore. July 9, 2016. Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard, sacrifice bunt. Orioles win 3-2.   © The Baseball Bloggess

18 thoughts on “A Thursday Without Baseball

  1. Good time to catch up on reading as well. Last night I started research on some minor league stadiums and went down so many rabbit holes reading old articles and journals I almost forgot what I originally set out to accomplish! Guess the actual research will start another day.

  2. Gumby – well that show must have been interesting – I remember the rubber toy but not a cartoon. Pokey at sometime came into the house, too. But he lost a leg or 2 and I am sure he was tossed! I too have been reading – just finished the Sara Donati book – 700 plus pages in 5 days – that was pretty good timing! Only 24 hours left of this break then we can PLAY BALL!

    • I’m guessing I never saw the cartoon either, because I would still be traumatized. But, I know I had a bendy Gumby and Pokey … I remember working the wire out of Gumby’s leg … I’m sure I’m lucky I didn’t put my eye out with it! :)

  3. I’m surprised by how hard this week has been, without baseball- or, at least, without a Major League game that matters. I’m white-knuckling it now, taking deep, calming breaths and reminding myself that tomorrow starts the “serious” half of the season, when we can no longer say, “Hey, it’s early yet”.
    Btw, your “Pokey-man” connection reminds me of the mental hicchup I had, earlier today, when I saw the headline, “Trump taps Pence for VP”, and my first thought was, “Pence? He’s been on the DL for most of the season. How could he be up for MVP?” And then I realized, “Oh. it’s that other thing….”

  4. Eddie Murphy saying “I am Gumby, dammit!”. You had me there.

    Not to mention…you were at the park the night after I was. I was there for the Ubaldi-zation of the Orioles on Friday. Thankfully, you were there for a victory. Or at least, I am assuming you were there for that game.

    The national nightmare that is the days of the week with no baseball is almost over. :)

    • Yes, I was at Saturday’s game … and I have the Manny Garden Gnome, with his big ears and sleepy eyes, to prove it! But, you got to be at the 1966 Team ceremony which sounded awesome.

      I did spend a lot of my baseball-free evening rewatching all those Eddie Murphy Gumby clips!

      • From what I heard it was awesome—unfortunately due to traffic driving up to the game, I missed most of the ceremony. But I did get the free T-shirt, which will probably last about 5 washings LOL.

        • You’re not allowed to complain about free tee-shirts! I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Manny Gnome kinda, sorta, kinda, sorta looked like him. Well, they got the ears and eyes right anyway. (The upcoming Crush and Samson bobblehead looks a little weird from what I’ve seen.)

  5. “I’m Gumby, dammit.” What. A. Classic. I am literally afraid of Pokemon Go and the zombie-like figures walking around playing it. They need to watch more baseball. But then again, we have been accused of becoming zombie-like watching extra innings games…

  6. Always wondered what the “Gumby, dammit” stuff was all about. Back in the day, folks would quote it, and I’d respond with a perplexed look, wondering what the punch line was that never seemed to come. Yes, I was never a SNL fan. Guess I’m an “oldie,” but I did love “SCTV” with John Candy, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, Joel Flaherty, Dave Thomas, et al. :-)

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