Not soon enough, baseball begins
Date posted: March 27, 2014
Ah, Opening Day in baseball. It’s coming this weekend.
All that “hope springs eternal” stuff is on the mark if you’re baseball fans. The new season is a clean slate for “gamers” like:
• Bill Rohrbaugh’s Los Angeles Dodgers
• Vera Cole’s Cleveland Indians
• Dave Alden’s Colorado Rockies
• Dan (Grover) Overton’s Detroit Tigers
• Maggie Ashley’s Atlanta Braves
• Jerry Iekel’s Boston Red Sox
• Jim Wilson’s, Cincinnati Reds
And my Texas Rangers.
Fearless prediction for 2014 World Series: Oakland A’s versus Los Angeles Dodgers.
Since Opening Day (Mar. 30-31) of Major League Baseball is just around the corner, and the recent news of how plumbing has been destroyed in spring training clubhouses, the Notebook’s reminded of a story from a few years ago from Sports Illustrated. The story, “This Leak in Baseball,” illustrates, tongue-in-cheek, how major leaguers, when frustrated or angry, seem to take out their emotions on bathroom plumbing. Tsk, tsk. To wit:
• In 1919, low water pressure causes problems in the Chicago White Sox locker room. (The infamous Black Sox.) A ragamuffin newsboy spots star outfielder Joe Jackson and says, “Say it ain’t low, Joe?”
• 1938: There’s only one urinal working in the Ebbets Field clubhouse. Gripes Leo Durocher, “Nice guys finish last.”
• 1960: A broken water sink faucet bedevils the Cubs’ dugout. An excited Ernie Banks shouts, “Let’s spray two!”
• 1978: A Yankees star loses temper over slow drain, then apologizes. Admits Reggie Jackson, “I’m the boor who slurred the sink.”
• 1998: Accused of clogging a St. Louis Cardinals’ toilet, a defensive Mark McGwire says, “I’m not here to talk about what’s passed.”
• “There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is to have patience. The second is to be patient. And the third most important secret is patience.”
— Chuck Tanner, former major league manager, 1928-2011
• “Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.”
— Jim Murray, Los Angeles Times columnist, 1919-1998
• “One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while, you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.”
— Nolan Ryan, Hall of Famer pitcher, all-time strikeout leader
• “Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.”
— George Will, author/columnist/Cubs fan
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