Baseball Is A Billion Times Better Than Nougat

When I was a kid there was this amazing “Seven Up” candy bar, made by a company in Minneapolis.

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Heard of it?

They stopped making it in 1979, I’m afraid, so you’ll have to wonder about its wonderfulness. A single chocolate candy bar with seven – SEVEN! – little pockets carved into it, and each one was filled with a different flavor.

Mint!  Coconut!  Butterscotch!  Fudge!  Caramel!  Butter Cream!

And, Nougat!

Nougat.

First of all, nougat is not a flavor. Second of all, nougat is horrible.

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I don’t think anyone has ever intentionally eaten nougat. And, I’ll bet it was nougat that did in the Seven Up bar. Well, that and a pretty clear trademark infringement with 7-Up soda.

Anyway, as I remember, it wasn’t just the nougat. The entire Seven Up bar wasn’t so great. The chocolate was generic, like a chocolate Easter bunny.

But, still – seven different flavors in a single bar was its own sort of heaven for me, because I didn’t have to choose. I could have them all! (Even if none of them was very good.)

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From the Pearson’s Candy Company’s history page.

Weirdly, more than 1,000 people have “liked” the “Seven Up Candy Bar” page on Facebook. I guarantee you, those thousand people don’t miss nougat.

The Seven Up candy bar has nothing to do with anything really. And, certainly nothing to do with baseball. Except …

I have these seven photos from the University of Virginia’s 2016 Fall Ball season and I can’t figure out what to do with them.

And, the start of college baseball is just a few weeks away.

In semi-somewhat-sorta related news, Editor/Husband continues to rehab his broken hip in preparation for climbing the bleachers at Davenport Field, home of the University of Virginia Cavaliers. He’s breezily looping through the house with his walker as I’m writing this and is graduating ever-so-slowly to the sparkly sports-car blue cane I got for him.

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Because, blue.

He’s getting stronger. More mobile. He was able to bend down just enough to tie his shoelaces this morning, which received the same whoop of approval from me that a mom gives her four-year-old who laces up for the very first time. Editor/Husband will be ready by Opening Day. He will. He must.

(For those of you who have never broken your hip, a word of advice. Don’t.)

(Seriously. Don’t.)

College baseball doesn’t change much. Oh sure, there are aluminum bats, designated hitters, and fancy cleats, now. But, really … take a photo at a game today, ding up the corners … and maybe you can see a little 1916 hiding inside.

Which has nothing to do with Seven Up candy bars. Because Seven Up candy bars have disappeared. And, they weren’t very good in the first place. Baseball is forever.

And baseball is a billion times better than nougat.

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Freshman Teddy Paisley, known for both his academics and pitching, told The Roanoke Times last spring he’s interested in aerospace engineering and eventually working at NASA.

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Freshman Shortstop Cayman Richardson batted .470 in high school.

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Junior Justin Novak is the ultimate “everywhere infielder” — in 2016 he played games at second, third, short, and catcher.

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Junior Reliever Riley Wilson is the younger brother of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson.

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Junior Second Baseman Ernie Clement was named to Baseball America‘s 2017 Pre-Season All-American list. He batted .351 for the ‘Hoos last season and was named MVP of the 2016 Summer Cape Cod League.

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In The Dugout, Fall Ball Season 2016.

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Photos: Davenport Field, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. October 2016. © The Baseball Bloggess

23 thoughts on “Baseball Is A Billion Times Better Than Nougat

  1. Hey Jackie! Sorry to read about Randy’s injury. I hope his recovery continues to go well. Please give him my best.
    My family and I relocated to the Blacksburg area about 2 1/2 years ago. I miss life in the Piedmont but it was a good career move for my wife Jocelyn and a better situation for both of our kids. I hope you both are doing well aside from the injury!

    Take care,
    Andy

    • Hi Andy … thanks for your message. Randy says, “Hey!” Glad to hear you’re doing well … my best to you and Jocelyn and the kids. Blacksburg is on our Virginia-Born Project list, maybe we can have a get-together, once I get Randy mobile again!

  2. Nougat…lol. What a funny word. Baseball is certainly much better.

    Pitchers and catchers reporting is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s the unofficial start to summer or something like that. Are you close to the UVA campus? I’m going to try to take my kids to a few SLU baseball games this year, and maybe even make the trek to a Mizzou game as well. Fun times! Go Cards!

    • UVA is our closest baseball … I’ve come to love college baseball. Plus, nothing like starting a baseball season in February … I’ve been snowed on and sleeted on. But, free hot chocolate when the temperature dips below 45, so there’s always that to look forward to.

      The Cards drafted Connor Jones … UVA’s ace pitcher … in last year’s draft, so look for him in St. Louis in a few years. He’ll take you to the World Series. I’m sure of it!

  3. Jackie! Of course I remember 7 Up Bars, but then I’m from the Midwest. Well, at least it’s considered the Midwest by those who live in the mid Atlantic region. Anyway, loved today’s blog and the great illustrations!

  4. OK, now you have me psyched for UVA baseball! I can’t believe that, after sending two kids to UVA, I’ve never been down for a game. A track meet, yes (and I got some good pics but since they aren’t baseball I won’t do a blog on that) but sadly, no baseball. This year for sure! And I love how you did the b&w pics, gotta find out how you do that. Assuming you don’t want to give up any trade secrets!! :-)

    • Well, if you were at UVA for a track meet, you were right at Davenport Field … since the track abuts the diamond. It’s a sweet place to catch a game, so I hope you’ll come down this season.

      Thanks for noticing the photos. I shoot a lot of baseball in black and white — color often just gets in my way. Most of these were shot originally in black/white; and I just flipped the others to b/w on Photoshop. As for dinging them up to look old, it’s just playing with the vintage filters on Photoshop, etc.

    • You didn’t really miss out on the Seven Up bar … awesome things you DID miss out on from the 1970s: beanbag chairs, the Lemon Frog Shop at Sears, waterbeds, having the “brights” headlight switch on the car floor by your left foot (why did they move it??), S&H Green Stamps, and Roberto Clemente. Oh, and watching a President resign in disgrace (although, who knows, you might just get that chance again).

      • I can’t imagine having the brights switch by the foot… interesting. I AM bummed that I couldn’t see Roberto Clemente, among others. As for the chance of a presidential resignation… it does seem like a possibility. We shall see.

  5. Awesome, just… awesome. I love the ‘old time’ pics! We’re in the home stretch, like, literally, only a couple of short week away from watching live baseball in the cold. Looks like it will be another tight race in the ACC (tix have already been purchased for the playoffs!).
    -Mike

    • You are so lucky to have the ACC Tournament in your backyard this year! I don’t think the full extent of my jealousy can be conveyed through a blog post. But, my UVA season tickets arrived in the mail last week and I’m working out a game plan so I can get Randy to the games … and up the steps to our seats with his bum hip! :)

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