Wednesday, March 07, 2007

In a Field

Having never been a sports fan I will roll my eyes at the very thought of running down the floor bouncing a ball and throwing it at a basket. Or sitting in the cold watching a ball go back and forth on a stripped field, or watching people bounce balls off their heads into nets.

I can’t imagine how much time and money is wasted on these events. Though I think that all spectator sports are totally useless, I will never utter displeasure at baseball. I can’t recall watching a baseball game sine I was six or seven when I was taken to Yankee and Shea Stadiums to see baseball games. I saw Mantle and Marris and Whitey Ford. I had my photo taken with Blefery.

You might think I’d lump baseball in with the other organized sports I detest since I never really paid attention to the game. There had been a few moments in my history that poisoned me against the game, but somehow I will not say anything unkind about it. I have a reverence for the game unlike anything I know. I will mock organized and disorganized religion. I will mock politics, people, commerce and education. I will mock long standing traditions and institutions, but I will never speak unkindly of baseball.

The teams are losing their winter weight in tropical training camps in preparation for another season. It brings a certain joy to my heart even though I will continue my tradition of ignoring everything about the game. I will hold fast again and remain ignorant while holding onto my reverence for the boys of summer and the games they play during the warm summer days and evenings.


Anonymous Auntie L said...

I agree. Sports suck big time (sorry Golf-Boy - Golf is at the very very very low end).

However, baseball is something else. More of a cultural happening than a 'sport.'

Guy, I see you have some nostalgia and wistful eyed crap going on about that part in your post today.

6:29 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Despite the commercialism and the incredibly massive paycheques athletes receive, I too love baseball. And hockey. As "auntie l" commented, baseball seems to be a cultural event. As does hockey - a national pastime that unites Canadians.
Some of my best memories are of playing baseball and watching my sons play the game on warm sumer days and nights. Ditto for hockey in the winter months.
Sorry to hear that for whatever personal reasons, you can no longer enjoy the game.

7:27 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Damn, L, you sure are hard on Golf Boy. Are you still bitter over him starting a fake blog for you or does it run deeper?

Beth, I don't think I ever really enjoyed the game, I just felt duty bound as a kid because it seemed all other kids enjoyed it.

BTW folks, Rich sent me some vomit resources and Love Anon sent me the mother of all vomit sites, so I am now well supplied with Sick Day Photos.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Amaya said...

I really need to stop reading your blog at lunchtime.

1:23 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

But why, unless you read the sick day post and and responded to this one. Got a problem with Base Ball?

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Auntie L said...

Angry bitter white woman, that's me all the way! It's a new trait I just picked up

Get over it. TH is a big boy, he can handle it. Also, he can dish it out. ouch.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

Hockey rocks and the Montreal Canadiens rule! Toronto sucks

Well Guy, take heart. Spelling is not all that important it seems if you can read the following without hesitation. Pimped from one of Amaya's links - pretty amazing.

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

So you're lurking at Amaya's now, too?

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

Well...the name intrigued me so I just dropped in for a gaze.

Totally off subject but I just received an email from a good buddy working in Shanghai. When he found out about my new status as a single, he informed me that there were about 750 million women in the immediate vicinity of whom 30 to 40 million pretty ones would be in the market for a westerner. He also informed me that he has also split from his wife and that he has a spare room available. Now if only I can find some good drugs for fear of flying... Hell, I might even be considered tall over there. EeeeeHaaaaaw!!
Hey...WTF is with the word verification. At least if they made the letters undrenetsnadalble

9:43 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Yes, sorry about the word verrification again. I was just getting spammed to death. Porno spam was being placed in archived article comments. I have mail notification that they are there, so I have to hunt down the articles one at a time and delete the porno. I'll try removing it in a month and see how it goes.

9:56 AM  

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