Baseball & The Moon

“The love of base ball is wide spread. A little six year old was sitting upon the steps, with a base ball in his hand, gazing intently at the moon. ‘Pa, is there only one man in the moon?’ asked he.

“’That’s the tradition my son; the man in the moon is the only inhabitant of that bright world we have ever heard of.’

“After a moment of pause he remarked with a sigh, ‘He must be lonesome, pa, with no one to play base ball with.’”

— The Marysville (Kansas) Enterprise, 1867

Photo: “Kids In June.” The Baseball Bloggess, 6/26/2021

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Super Enough For Me

“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  ~ Mark Twain

I was feeling pretty good about capturing last night’s “supermoon.”

Then, Mr. I’m-A-Very-Smart-Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had to go and spoil it.

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Thanks for bumming out my moon photos.

So here.



And, here’s a cow with the Not-So-Supermoon.

Supermoon Cow

Here are lots of cows stampeding past the Not-So-Supermoon, becoming Ghost Cows in the process.

Supermoon Stampede

Not-So-Supermoon, feelings hurt by the rudeness of Astrophysicist, packs it in and heads for the clouds.

Supermoon Clouds

We spent Sunday’s pre-Supermoon daylight hours in Baltimore at the Orioles-Cardinals game (three-hour drive – each way – for those of you who wonder just how dedicated I am to baseball).

Here’s Super-Pitcher, But Not-Quite-So-Super-Today Kevin Gausman.

Kevin Gausman

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Here’s Rookie Catcher Caleb Joseph. He homered in each of his last five games, a club record for catchers.

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joseph line

Not-so-super.  And, no home run.

Here’s Ever-Reliable Super Right Fielder Nick Markakis.

Markakis On First

Still super.

markakis line

Although 4-for-5 at the plate, he scored only twice, once thanks to a wild pitch. Thanks for nothing, rest of team.

Not a Super Day for the Orioles. They lose 8-3.

But, I saw baseball. And, a moon.

And, the Orioles are still in first.


Super enough for me.



Photos: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, August 10, 2014.

Super-ish Moon, Madison, Virginia, August 10, 2014.