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true dat. i hope they can keep it up. but they don't really have any offense.
for my boy nathan. ate at a detroit pizza joint today.
Hey! I have one of those pennants from Comerica's inaugural season!
I saw some kids playing "sandlot baseball" last year, and it occurred to me that this was a really infrequent sight. In my neighborhood when I was a kid, we were always outside playing baseball, basketball, football, playing in the snow.
There were always weird rules like "a home run to left is really an out because Old Lady Cavanaugh will chase us out of here if the ball lands in her yard."
We were always pretending to be major league players. "We're the Reds, and I'm Tony Perez." "I'm Ken Griffey." "I'm Boog Powell." "Boog Powell's on the Orioles, dumbass." "Shut up." "You shut up." Good times.
Same thing with me and my friends, ep. Ever play baseball with only 3 players? We had one side of the field an automatic out. How about off-the-wall? A strike zone spray painted on the side of a school. A batter, a pitcher, and a fielder. Played with a rubber ball, and certain lines delineated for a single, double, etc., when hit on a fly. The best days were when one spent his allowance on new rubber balls! Pitching with the cracked ones would always make a whizzing sound, and a fastball could easily turn into a knuckler. Fun times.
The title of this thread says it all. Some of these posts bring back memories.
Funny how things have changed. While every community now seems to have every possible outdoor facility-ballparks, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc., whenever I go by them now (on my way to the golf course), I see mostly adults there. We would have been outside even more if those parks were so prevalant a generation earlier.
i have similar memories. in my 'hood there was a lot of street football. someone always had to be on the lookout for cars driving by. i also remember playing pickle in the backyard for hours with my brothers. i was always garvey (really, my older brother was always garvey, so he never let me be garvey, but in my mind i was garvey). we also had a strike zone spray-painted on the cinder-block wall for pitching.
That's just too good!
Kids don't have to go outside to pretend to be a Griffey anymore. They can hit 500 ft. homers on their video game consoles.
Poor kids will never know the joy of making an over-the-shoulder catch of an old, cracked raquet ball.
We played against a guy in Jr. College who had a swing like Joe DiMaggio, if you've ever seen film of him. He had 3 home runs against us and flied out once against our best pitcher. I don't remember his name, but I can't imagine that he didn't at least make it to triple A.
A guy I used to work with was from Missouri and played against Rick and Paul Rushell in high school. Can anyone best these fairly lame brushes with greatness? You have to have at least played against the famous player.
there are a handful of guys in the minors and the show and playing college ball that graduated from the school where i teach. a kid i know really well was bryce harper's back-up 2 years ago at the college of southern nevada (he says harper was easily the biggest dick he has ever encountered in baseball). i once saw greg maddux come out of a restroom at a cinema in las vegas. there's a retired coach teaching at my school who was the assistant coach at valley high school in las vegas when both the maddux boys were there. my touches with greatness are kinda weak. a kid i coached for 2 years just was assigned to the chivas guadalajara youth team. he's only 16 so he's still got a chance to make it. (soccer)
ps i love this thread
Greg Maddux always impressed me because he continued to improve after he made it to the show. He said at one point that he was going to write a book about pitching. A guy without an overpowering fastball capable of 200 strikeout seasons? If he ever does write it, I will buy it. Then again, maybe his brother should write that book!
maybe mike can ghost write it. i think greg maddux is the greatest pitcher of all time considering the tools he had.
Derek Jeter graduated high school the same year I did. He went to school in Kalamazoo and I saw him at a few tournaments but I never actually took the same diamond as him.
Never really talked to him, either, but everybody knew who he was.
That puts you far in the lead, BP!
Street baseball, street football, street hockey. Fun stuff.
Garvey? Certain Chicago fans hope you don't mean Steve Garvey. Many of us remember that when he hit a homer in 1984 in the playoffs against the Cubs he jogged around the bases with an arm raised. Not exactly a Kirk Gibson moment. More like Ricky Henderson.
I hate to sound like a sore loser, but I'm not a fan of Steve Gaevey. It's ironic that the Cubs signature lack of lights resulted in playing only two home games in the best of 5 series despite having a better record than the Padres. Noone was beating the Tigers that year anyway. (sour grapes)
That's a fact. Tram and Gibby tore it up in that World Series!
The Cubbies sure did choke, though.
I remember the bar I watched all 5 games in going from jovial to silent in the final game.
You are so right. It seems to be the plight of Cub fans. They seem to find a way to lose even when they have the talent.
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