Baseball season is upon us, and there is no better time to blog my love for this beautiful sport than now. And it's Friday, so what better way than in my semi
This isn't the first time I have posted about baseball. If you have time, go read:
- This Used to Be My Playground (June 2009) - how playing baseball reminded me how much it is to go outside and play
- My Field of Dreams and the Discovery of my Love for Baseball (July 2009) - how keeping stats, and local baseball, improved my love of the game
- The Wild Species Survival Guide - The Obnoxious Baseball Fan (July 2009) - a handy-guide on how to spot, avoid, and deal with the obnoxious baseball fan
5. Baseball memes
Oh peoples of the interwebz. What would I do without you there to amuse me? Baseball memes are funny. Especially the one's that poke fun at Steve's beloved Mets.
|It's funny 'cuz it's true!|
4. Baseball movies
I love sports movies. Baseball movies are great because sometimes, they don't always end with an underdog victory, like with football movies. Sometimes the underdog remains the underdog. I walk away inspired anyways.
While I have yet to watch a baseball movie I didn't like, the two that stand out the most for me are A League of Their Own (which deals with women in professional baseball during World War II), and The Sandlot (a fabulous movie that deals with kids playing baseball, narrated in a similar fashion to The Wonder Years). I will watch these movies over and over again.
Ken Burns, a prominent documentary film maker, made a 10 "innings" Baseball documentary, covering every decade of baseball. He seamlessly weaved the story of baseball in the context of what was going on in America (and the world). He featured prominent (and lesser-known) players, fields and actions that would impact the game forever. This documentary changed the way I view baseball, and it gave me a profound appreciation for just how important baseball is the world.
2. Vintage baseball pictures
Baseball is not just men in uniforms playing in the dirt. Baseball is not just an escape from the problems of the world; it is a reflection of the world. Vintage photographs not only conjure up romantic nostalgia. They also, when chronologically placed, reflect real issues in the world.Overcoming adversity in the face of illness, World War II, gender and racial barriers being broken...it's all there. Some issues will always remain (women in professional baseball), but baseball led the way when it came to facing these issues --- whether it wanted to or not.
|Lou Gehrig's famous retirement speech after being diagnosed with ALS|
|Women served in professional baseball during WWII|
|Jackie Robinson broke racial and colour barriers|
|Joltin' Joe DiMaggio was just awesome. Plus he served in WW2. But I put this here because he was awesome!|
|John Ducey Park (a.k.a. Telus Field) in Edmonton|
|This is how I plan on funding my retirement. Baby boo better have a good arm.|