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.


  1. Well, your first paragraphs seemed to be describing the Seattle Mariners. And even your Ichero was once our star. I love that he finally got to pitch. Seattle fans would have loved it too.
    I am not a baseball fan. It's soccer (futbol) and football for me but I certainly do appreciate the dedication it takes to support a losing team through all of those games in that long season.

  2. According to this test, I am an INTJ. While reading the descriptions, I found myself there! And Hillary Clinton! Yay!

  3. Interesting test- I scored ISFJ, and I knew introvert had to be in there somewhere!
    I'm not much a a baseball fan..leaning more to college football, and that, only recently. If I had to pick a sport to get super involved in it would be hockey, of all things!

    I hope you are enjoying this wonderful will be gone in the blink of an eye!

  4. (ESTJ here.)
    And I could have written much of your post, but instead could have filled in Red Sox for Marlins.
    Just one of those years!

  5. I am not knowledgeable of sports so I took the test. Here are my results. Very interesting.

    Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
    by Joe Butt

    ENFJs are the benevolent 'pedagogues' of humanity. They have tremendous charisma by which many are drawn into their nurturant tutelage and/or grand schemes. Many ENFJs have tremendous power to manipulate others with their phenomenal interpersonal skills and unique salesmanship. But it's usually not meant as manipulation -- ENFJs generally believe in their dreams, and see themselves as helpers and enablers, which they usually are.

    ENFJs are global learners. They see the big picture. The ENFJs focus is expansive. Some can juggle an amazing number of responsibilities or projects simultaneously. Many ENFJs have tremendous entrepreneurial ability.

    ENFJs are, by definition, Js, with whom we associate organization and decisiveness. But they don't resemble the SJs or even the NTJs in organization of the environment nor occasional recalcitrance. ENFJs are organized in the arena of interpersonal affairs. Their offices may or may not be cluttered, but their conclusions (reached through feelings) about people and motives are drawn much more quickly and are more resilient than those of their NFP counterparts.

    ENFJs know and appreciate people. Like most NFs, (and Feelers in general), they are apt to neglect themselves and their own needs for the needs of others. They have thinner psychological boundaries than most, and are at risk for being hurt or even abused by less sensitive people. ENFJs often take on more of the burdens of others than they can bear.

  6. I have been a die hard Yankee fan my whole life. My mood depended on whether the Yanks won or lost. For the past two years I have just lost interest, do not even know why. I couldn't name more than four players on the team this year, but they did make the playoffs, and I will be watching.

    Glad to see there are still die hard fans around and it is just me losing interest. I guess I just miss Jorge, Mariano and Derrick...and I will always miss the Mick, Whitey and RIP the best Yankee ever Yogi!

  7. I took the test but I'm not sure I agree with the results.

  8. I took the test. I am an INFJ. I am definitely an introvert. They got that right!

  9. During the World Series in high school every one who wanted to hear the game was allowed a library pass and dismissed from class. We had many closet slackers but they soon become involved in the games. Even at my age the best part of baseball is still those baseball butts!

    I am an INTJ and don't know whether to be proud or embarrassed. I was pleased to fit in the fictional realm of Gandalf The Grey but also had Hannibal Lecter on my list. Under real people, I was honored by some but scared by others. I was proud to be a Systems Builder.
    This was fun!

  10. IFSP, That's the second time I have taken a similar test. I think the test is pretty accurate. But that's how I'm feeling today, if I had taken the test a couple of months ago, I probably would have gotten something different. Thanks that was fun. Oma Linda

  11. I don't follow our team as closely as my Dad. Our poor Giants have had a sad year, but they are so darn cute.
    Tested as ESTJ, not sure that is me, think it depends on how much coffee I have had...

  12. Isn't it fun to watch a team come back---and to bring in the rookies who can do it--or try to do it???? Sorry your team didn't do as well overall this year as you had hoped --but glad the last month or so was so enjoyable to watch. I'm sure the guy who got to pitch will have those memories for a lifetime. HOW NEAT...

    My Houston Astros have had the BEST year they have had in MANY MANY years... They are fun to watch this year also.... Hope they continue to win.

    I took the Myers Briggs test several times and I think I am an INFJ---but will re-take this one sometime to see if anything has changed.


  13. Linda R,
    I'll bet all of Japan was watching Ichero. He is their treasure and ours as well. He said he loved doing it but doesn't want to do it again.
    Wow, are you in good company. It was fun seeing our fellow personality types.

    You are in good company with the Queen and Johnny Carson. Go Hogs. Today is the first day I have seen the sun in a forever.

    You know, we both may just have a great season next year. We have the pieces.
    Who knew Simon Peter took this test? You are in good company though.

    Grannie Annie,
    Good to know you are "benevolent". I had no doubts. Did it hit close to home? You have some pretty impressive presidents in your group.

    Your Yankees have more house hold names in its illustrious history than any team in baseball. Get back in the game--its fun. Good luck in the playoffs.

    Let Mrs. C read your results and see if she also disagrees.

    Wow, Mother Theresa was in your group. I can see that for the others in your group care greatly about humanity and the environment.

    Ha, most of them were really good but Hannibal Lecter?? Mercy.
    I still prefer football player butts. Tighter pants.

    Linda W,
    Glad you enjoyed but you really make a good point. Where we are in our lives and how we are feeling could play a big role in the results.

    Relax, the Giants will take the series again next year right on schedule. Since this is an odd numbered year-- time to rest up.
    Think you have the most presidents in your group. Is there anything you wish to announce?

    You have Jose Altuve to enjoy like I have Dee Gordon. Both are amazing players and a delight to watch. Congrats on making the playoffs and hope they go all the way.
    Hope you still are. That is a good group.

  14. ISTJ
    INTROVERT Sensing Thinking. Judging

  15. Well, I confess. I skipped to the end!

  16. I am an ISFJ. It's been years since I took the Myers-Briggs.

    I'm a retired from both a fifteen year period as a public school English teachers followed by twenty years as a junior high school librarian.

    I haven't followed baseball since I was a Cincinnati Reds fan as a child, but I loved going to games back then. I remember my grandpa sitting close to the big radio console, cupping his ear to better hear the broadcasts.

  17. I love hearing about your passion for baseball, Patti! And I'm an ENFJ!

  18. ESFJ
    I'm not into baseball but I loved reading about Ichiro. I just read your post to my daughter. I love everything you write, Patti.

  19. ENFJ here. I loved baseball when I was a kid and now I love Little League but not Major League. My favorite sport to watch is professional football. Never miss a Packer game.

  20. Fran,
    Ah, what is that old saying--great minds, etc:))

    Thank you so much for stopping by, taking the test and commenting. Hope you will be back.

    Aw gee, figured I'd lose some to the sports part but thought I could catch the rest with the test. I'll try to do better next time. Appreciate your honesty.

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the test again. Wonder if you got the same results as the first time? That image of your grandpa reminds me of my mom and I listening to the Cleveland Indians games. Was a great bonding time. Do come back to visit.

    Dr. Kathy,
    Thanks, I do really enjoy the sport. I think you could have created a similar test with your knowledge and experience.

    Hope your daughter enjoyed it. It was really something to see. It affected a whole stadium plus all those watching. He is an amazing man.
    So glad you like my writing. That means a lot.

    I use to be all about football but when I moved here, I couldn't get coverage with out spending a fortune. You are behind a great team that is fun to watch. I do like Aaron's eyes.
    You and Dr. Kathy are on the same page personality wise.

  21. 5I've taken this test before, so there were no surprises. The only difference was that instead of ENFP I ended up ENFJ by 1 percent, in essence almost exactly on the border. We are more alike that not, Patti! :-)

  22. Ah we true baseball fans never give up. My Twins after four one hundred loss seasons in a row finally showed some promise and were actually fun to watch as they were actually competitive. MLB is the only professional sport I have any real interest in so now come the fall and winter sports doldrums for me....:)

  23. I have just taken the personality test.. twice (I think that display of caution is diagnostic!) I am somewhat startled as to how eerily insightful the test is... It seems to know my innermost workings rather well!.. I am an INFJ.

  24. Dear Arkansas Patti, tonight I'll be over at my brother and sister-in-laws watching the Royals play the Astros. What the Royals did last October got me back into loving baseball. I'd been an avid fan all my life until the strike in the late 1990s. At that time the greed of one and all stunned me and I gave up on baseball. But last October brought me back. I even went to watch the Royals play this year and the team treated me to a win that night.

    I wasn't aware of the Marlins and that 8th ending pitcher. But I am so glad to learn that your manager is a generous person who gave a player his heartwish.

    As to the Myers Briggs, I took the inventory way back in 1983 and it helped me resign from my job and become a freelancer. It was clear that while I could be a "manager" where I worked, I just wasn't enjoying it and never would. At that time I was clearly an INFP. I'll do the inventory now and see if that's changed. If so, I'll leave another comment. Peace.

  25. Mine came out:
    Introvert(12%) Sensing(9%) Feeling(12%) Judging(16%)

    You have slight preference of Introversion over Extraversion (12%)
    You have slight preference of Sensing over Intuition (9%)
    You have slight preference of Feeling over Thinking (12%)
    You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (16%)
    Not sure if this is good or bad.

    Have a great week-end. Right at the moment, it looks like rain. We could use some. The Farmers have been taking in soy beans and dust has been flying everyplace.

  26. Djan,
    That IS close. I have had that feeling all along though I still haven't had the nerve to jump out of a plane or even fly commercially for that matter.

    I know what you mean. I think I am having withdrawal. Can't wait for winter meetings and then spring training. Torii Hunter was your Ichero for the Twins. A real long term class act in baseball and an Arkansas boy.

    It kind of surprised me also and saw things I kind of keep to myself. Hope you and Laura are still doing well.

    So good to hear from you. I thought you had forsaken us for your publisher. Wonderful to hear from you again.
    So far so good as your Royals are right in it with a 1-1 series. You have one of my all time favorite former Marlins on your team--Omar Infante. I was furious when they traded him.

    I'd say it was really good for you are such a nice person.The test didn't lie.