alrescate: (Gracie Outa Luck)
Cubs Hall of Fame player Rogers Hornsby once said: "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."

I can *so* relate to that!

My Springfield Cardinals ) (Double-A) team is wrapping up their season and will play their last home game on August 29th. I still have the major leagues to watch but...the end of the minor league season just reminds me how soon baseball season will be over. Sigh.

On another note I want to let [profile] jugglingpfoole know I had a great time at batting practice last weekend. I got to walk down the warming track to a seat in the front row, watch the guys for the whole practice, chat with the manager & the hitting coach, and I had a brief tour. They also gave me a ball signed by one of our pitchers (Stuart Pomeranz). I had a good time.
alrescate: (witch)
I've just started Michael Chabon's 'Summerland' and the young hero has just started a book by a ferisher (fairy). I like what it says about baseball so much that I wanted to enter it here so I could get to it next summer when I am immersed in baseball.

"The first and last duty of the lover of the game of baseball, whether in the stands or on the field, is the same as that of the lover of life itself: to pay attention to it. When it comes to the position of catcher, as all but fools and shortstops will freely acknowledge, this solemn requirement is doubled."


"...to grasp the fundamental truth: a baseball game is nothing but a great slow contraption for getting you to pay attention to the cadence of a summer day."

I'd say as baseball junkie, truer words have never been written.
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The only good thing about Monday so far is that I've been able to catch up with all my LJ friends. Boy, I either need fewer friends or you all need to stop talking so much! (Just kidding folks.)

I'm a bit grumpy after watching baseball games this weekend as the St. Louis Cards are blowing it big time. The playoffs have provided some interesting plays though. The pitching has been stunning. I could go on and on about this weekend's baseball but I am already known as a huge baseball geek...there is really no reason to prove it any further.

In other news we are finally getting the dead tree in front of the house taken down. The mister's buddy is helping us and they got started on Sunday. Of course in the middle of the project the bucket truck they were using to remove limbs from this huge oak tree died. So they couldn't move the bucket to take down the rest of the limbs. (The buddy had to climb down from the bucket...only about 15-20 feet but still.) They got most of the limbs though so I don't have to worry as much about a massive limb crashing down on the house. We will probably leave quite a bit of the trunk because we can't go to the expense of a stump removal right now. We will leave the trunk at about five feet and use it for bird feeders and such. Not attractive but at least it will be more attractive that the huge dead tree.

And since everyone else is doing it...here is my mine. I find it a bit scary that this is mine. I guess it is pretty accurate for my day to day wear. I don't think it reflects my true taste though.
Fashion Sense )
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Of course, never mind that someone else had already 'discovered' the Americas. Perhaps I shouldn't even get started on that as it would lead to the 'Indian with a dot, not feathers' rant.

This weekend flew by with two birthday celebrations and two movies. Saturday the mister and I went down to Branson (the home of tacky) to have dinner with friends at The Candlestick Inn which was nice as we arrived early enough to see the sun set. We had a very lovely dinner. As Greg said, there really isn't anything like good food and good companionship. The night was full of laughter. The mister and I were disappointed we couldn't join the group at a friend's lake house but we had a long drive ahead of us and six dogs who would have been very distraught if we hadn't come home. The mister and I were both ticked we didn't get cheesecake.

Sunday we headed down to Spokane for my grandpa's 79th birthday lunch. There was quite a crowd of us especially when you consider that the majority of the crowd was grandkids and great-grandkids. We had a good time eating too much, looking at my cousin's senior pictures and chuckling over my uncle's 'prank' gift. Then some of the cousins (and spouses) joined up to go see Wallace and Gromit and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I loved it...I'll most certainly have to get a copy when it comes out on dvd. To be honest I might have to see it in the theater again if it hits our local "cheap" movie theater. I can't wait to watch it again so I can catch all those little details that they throw in that I don't always notice the first time through.

I was also able to get a bit of a baseball fix while watching the Yankees last night. Now the mister likes the Cards and the Yankees so he's hoping for world series with those two. I'm not too sure the Yankees are going to pull it off myself. The team that wins tonight is going to be facing a well rested Sox team so it will be interesting. After 18 innings yesterday I'm sure the Astros are a bit tired too. I can only hope that works to the Cards advantage. I don't know what I'm going to do when baseball season is finally over. I went into severe withdrawal when the Springfield Cards season finished so when the bigs end I won't have anything to cushion the blow. When does spring training start?

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