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The Timeless Beauty of Baseball
Daily Beast, by Mike Barnicle

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/31/2014 12:21:52 PM

It could be in a bottom bureau drawer beneath some old tee shirts, sweat pants that no longer fit or laundered dress shirts purchased during the first Reagan administration and not worn since the second Clinton tenure. It might be on a closet shelf or perhaps in the attic, wrapped tightly in thick twine. Or maybe—if you’re an optimist, someone who never checks the date of birth on your driver’s license or are simply a bit delusional—it’s in the trunk of your car, ready to be used at the simplest provocation: a sunny day, a field, a driveway, a back-yard,

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We had to give up our Texas Ranger season seats after 42 years, but the love is still there.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: texaspast, 3/31/2014 1:03:34 PM     (No. 9791827)

I don´t know if I feel the same about the Rangers as I did in the past. They got rid of many people´s favorite players - AND Nolan Ryan! It isn´t going to be the same without Kinsler, Gentry, Murphy, Joe Nolan. And Prince Fielder? Seriously? At least they still have Beltre, Elvis and Yu. Everybody else out there is pretty much a nobody. But I don´t think I can forgive management for squeezing out Nolan Ryan. And who will Ron Washington have in the dugout to hug after a win now? I may have to switch to the Astros.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: texaspast, 3/31/2014 1:09:57 PM     (No. 9791836)

By the way - take the time to read the article. It is a true classic.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gagolfer, 3/31/2014 1:25:46 PM     (No. 9791858)

A wonderful article. Thanks for posting it. Calico Joe by John Grisham and John Feinstein´s new Where Nobody Knows Your Name are both great baseball reads.

Our grandson is pitching in the minors and we just returned from spring training. Being huge baseball fans all our lives we are living his dream along with him!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Winmag, 3/31/2014 1:27:09 PM     (No. 9791860)

I don´t care what this lefty plagiarist Morning Schmoe suckup has to say about the great game of baseball. He probably never put on a pair of spikes anyway.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LouD, 3/31/2014 1:33:07 PM     (No. 9791869)

Now who do you think he stole this from? He lost his job at the Boston Globe because he used other people´s work in a column, and then another story about children with cancer was seemingly made up. Not my favorite kind of columnist. (Which is why I never read his work.)

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Reply 6 - Posted by: fayebeck, 3/31/2014 1:43:27 PM     (No. 9791880)

I hope this isn´t the start of another decade of how poetic, wonderful, men at work type of crap about baseball. Read all those artistic ain´t baseball wonderful books and loved ´em until the strike of 1994 where the season lasted until mid summer. Ended my love of the "game".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: fayebeck, 3/31/2014 1:45:58 PM     (No. 9791882)

P.S The Atlanta Braves had a replacement player (scab) who was killed the next spring. Only Chipper Jones attended his funeral and offered condolences to the player´s widow. The Great Tom Glavine and the rest of the wonderful players remained mute. Jerks all.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: fayebeck, 3/31/2014 1:52:21 PM     (No. 9791891)

Sorry but I have to add this info. The pitcher´s name was Dave Shotkoski and he was shot to death during spring training of 1995.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: mean Gene, 3/31/2014 2:00:43 PM     (No. 9791903)

This year a change to baseball will rob it of some of its timeless beauty.
A catcher may no longer ´´block the plate,´´ if he is in possession of the ball which would tag out the runner!
I have already seen two ´´runs*´´ score because of this new rule.
It is ugly to watch a catcher allow a runner to score because there is no way to put him out legally.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 3/31/2014 2:38:31 PM     (No. 9791943)

Right #9: Wonder how long before the overtly obvious becomes covertly unacceptable?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rafter, 3/31/2014 2:48:14 PM     (No. 9791955)

This is a great piece of writing.

And the Major Leagues are under way today...
games are in progress now.

My team (Cardinals) start at Reds in a little while.

Buh-Bye, Winter!
Hello Six Months of sunshine known as MLB.
Plus, if you´re good... some playoffs action, too.

Couldn´t get here soon enough.
Don´t ever go away!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rafter, 3/31/2014 2:50:52 PM     (No. 9791961)

Uhhhh... this could be a Must Read...

Ya think?

Although... not if I say so.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/31/2014 3:10:48 PM     (No. 9791990)

Just wonderful! This essay must surely be the greatest thing composed by Mike Barnicle (and I have enjoyed his writing for years. Same as he, I love baseball. (Go Tampa Bay Rays!)

FTA: They’re not wearing pads or helmets.

Except when they´re batting. And don´t forget the cup. When a player takes one in the cup the other guys yell, "Ding dong!" because getting one there is called (in the immortal words of former Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton) ringing the bell, which rhymes with hell, which is what it hurts like. A ballplayer should never forget that piece of equipment.

When I was but a tyke, I got a first baseman´s mitt, a Moose Skowron model, which reposed in a box of toys our family never emptied out before we sold our house on Tyne Boulevard. I miss that glove. Just after I got it, my father slathered it in saddle soap to soften it. I spent many happy years with it, learning in the measntime how to batt proficiently both right-handed and left-handed like my hero Mickey Mantle.

Ah, Opening Day!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: absalom, 3/31/2014 3:14:34 PM     (No. 9791997)

Indeed Baseball has a revered place in American life and lore but time moves at a far different pace today than it did in 1914. While that´s hardly a good thing; it´s reality. Nostalgia aside, an appropriate metaphor for the current game is Dickens Miss Havisham, as those under 35 will insist.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: PI65, 3/31/2014 3:23:33 PM     (No. 9792018)

It´s a wonderful article and a wonderful game. Life must suck for #6, #7, and #8. Enjoy life where you can because it´s very short.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 3/31/2014 3:24:01 PM     (No. 9792019)

There´s no poetry like baseball poetry. Beautiful, with neither rhyme nor meter.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: PI65, 3/31/2014 3:26:04 PM     (No. 9792021)

My glove is a Robin Roberts which I have had since I was twelve. My hero was Mickey Mantle as he was for many.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/31/2014 3:42:31 PM     (No. 9792041)

http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0808/history_aug18/images/006272813final.jpg

If you ever wondered why ballplayers wear the batting helmet, remember Tony Conigliaro, who was nearly killed by a beanball back in the late 1960s. The pitchers with the strongest arms can throw a fastball over 100 miles per hour. The last thing a batter wants is to catch a fastball in the temple. Could be fatal.

Incidentally, the worst thing a pitcher can do is to throw behind a batter´s head, because the batter is inclined to move backward to avoid getting beaned.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: thelmalou, 3/31/2014 3:43:26 PM     (No. 9792042)

Play ball! :happysigh:

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Reply 20 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 3/31/2014 4:15:46 PM     (No. 9792097)

Thanks #18. These days it´s rare to hear someone discuss "Tony C", but he was a sure bet for the Hall, until that pitch by Jack Hamilton in 1967.

One thing about the helmet he was wearing: it was the style with no ear flap. Had it had one, he likely wouldn´t have been so badly injured.


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Reply 21 - Posted by: gagolfer, 3/31/2014 6:31:15 PM     (No. 9792225)

It´s a shame that some people miss so much they used to enjoy because of politics and others´ beliefs or behavior. Won´t go to a movie they might love because the star is a Dem, will no longer enjoy a baseball game because they don´t agree with some players´ behavior. In the long run they are only hurting themselves and not what they are protesting and missing so much enjoyment in life.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Japanorama, 4/1/2014 1:09:03 AM     (No. 9792605)

Used to be a fan. No more.
Records and statistics now mean nothing, since steroid-takers have ruined the game.

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