3 days ago
Monday, October 5, 2015
For those of you who find sports a waste of time, skip to the end of this post for an interesting, non-sports related test.
Baseball for me is basically over. I will care a little bit who goes to the World Series and wins but my guys are done and they will watch from at home like me.
It was a strange year and I watched all 162 of the mostly disappointing games. We and the pundits had great expectations for the Marlins this year. The pieces were all there but never came together. We were pretty much in a spirited contention with another team for last place.
Then September 1st arrived and so did the team we had all expected. We still had key players banged up but the rookie call ups took advantage of their chance and we made September one to remember. We bottom feeders for most of the year managed the best record in baseball for most of the last month and were in third place. Huh??
Even losing over half our games this year, the team was still fun to watch. We have one delightful young man, Dee Gordon, who made the year interesting. He owns the most hits, most stolen bases and has captured the batting title for the National League. I will also be sorely disappointed if he is not also awarded a Gold Glove. He is a marvelous all round player and human being with a joy for the game.
The last three games I smiled through out as Dee securely nailed down his many awards but possibly the warmest moment of the year came in the final game. We had won the series but were losing the last game. That was OK for it kept the Phillies from their 100th loss which is a morale breaker for any team. I was glad they were spared even though at our expense. The coolest moment however came in the 8th inning.
Ichiro Suzuki whom I have written about before got to do something he has wanted to do for 20 years. The future hall of fame outfielder has always wanted to pitch but no manager has let him, no matter how he pleaded. He is 41 years old now and in superior shape but has always been denied this one wish.
However in the 8th inning Sunday, our manager pulled a class act and sent Ichiro to the mound to pitch. Every player on both teams was up on the rail to watch, all wearing mile wide grins. They were seeing history. He did allow one run but he got his three outs.
Both teams of ball players and even the Philly fans gave him a standing ovation when he got the last out. The warmth from the players and fans just came through the screen. I am still smiling. What a moment.
So my evenings are once again void of baseball. I will miss the games but am really looking forward to next year. Sound like a Cub's fan don't I?
For those not interested in sports the following link will take you to a personality test that is eerily accurate. It is based on the C Jung/I.Briggs Myers test. It seems I am an ENFP type.
Like I said, it is eerily accurate and simple to take--- just chose yes, no or maybe. If you take it, let me know in your comment what group you belong to. Just curious.
at 5:00 AM Posted by Arkansas Patti