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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

ASTROS BATTLE FOR SERIES WIN. So reads the big, bold headlines at the top of the Abilene Reporter-News sports page today. Great headline. How we wish it were true! The first World Series game ever in Texas was, of course, BIG. There were 482 -- yes, 482! -- pitches in the game from 17 pitchers. The game was nearly six hours long. Geoff Blum, the guy who hit the game-winner homer in the 14th for the White Sox, hadn't had an at-bat in 21 days and hadn't driven in a single run in 56 days. After three of my four favorite teams made it into the Championship Series (Cards, Angels, Astros), the 'Stros are now down, 3-0. Having said all that, I'll take your average little league game--with $2 burgers, outfielders stomping ants rather than watching the batter, and a free snow cone to anyone who chases down a foul ball--any day.

20 Comments:

  • Amen Mike! Now if we could only leave the parents in the stands out of that equation it would really be like heaven on earth!

    By Blogger Candy, at 10/26/2005 05:50:00 AM  

  • So sad, but so true - baseball is designed to break your heart, certainly more often than not. Still, it is the most sublime game ever. Metaphors abound...

    As a lifelong Braves fan I can empathize with your pain.

    By Blogger MichaelPolutta, at 10/26/2005 05:53:00 AM  

  • Hot dogs are $6.50 at Atlanta's Turner Field, and they're nothing special. The best game food I've ever consumed was at a high school football game in Blairsville, Georgia -- a incredibly tasty grilled burger. I've considered driving up there again on Friday nights just to eat dinner!

    When it comes to watching professional sports, my den is the best seat in the house.

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 10/26/2005 06:13:00 AM  

  • My best sports ticket is a trip to Tuscaloosa, section jj, row 18, seats 1 and 2 at Bryant Denny Stadium on October 1 to see Alabama blast the Gators of Florida. Of course the best sports food is Dreamland BBQ in the same city near the same stadium. Nothing like a crisp fall day for football and nothing like being there. It's a quasi-religious, fully in your body experience. No offense to baseball lovers, but when I grew up baseball was just something you did in the off season until you could get back to football.

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 10/26/2005 06:22:00 AM  

  • I wanted to mention also that our church has a connection to the World Series this year. One of our member's son-in-law is one of the umpires, Gary Cedarstrom. He was the behind the plate umpire for the Braves/Astros 18 inning game in NLCS.

    By Blogger Steve Puckett, at 10/26/2005 06:27:00 AM  

  • I echo my fellow camp director's (Steve) comments concerning the Gators since I'm a Seminole fan!
    As for Little League - I do miss those days with my son. He is a sophmore now playing for our High School (Cocoa High) team. The high school field is across the street from our Little League field. In Florida (except when Hurricanes come calling) kids condition year round for baseball so my son is on the baseball field 3 days a week even during this time of year. Usually when they're practicing on the High School field I jog by the Little League field. I can still hear the voices of the past cheering on the kids. Man do I miss it.
    Come on Astros - how about 4 games in a row!
    gfake

    By Blogger cwinwc, at 10/26/2005 06:30:00 AM  

  • We are only 80 miles from the World Series and no tickets. But after hearing that tickets were $600+, I don't think we would have gone anyway. Some friends of ours were able to be picked for the lottery of the $600 tickets, bought them and then were offered $3200 for the tickets. Needless to say they are watching from their den as well.

    Baseball....who knew? I am just hoping for a miracle. The Stros have played well, nothing to be ashamed of, but they really need a win, and four in a row would be great!

    Go Stros!

    By Blogger pegc, at 10/26/2005 06:47:00 AM  

  • Hey..how about a World Series day game once in while. For those of us in the eastern time zone, staying up 'til 1:45 a.m. is a killer. If it's a kids game...give them a chance to watch it, too.

    By Blogger John, at 10/26/2005 06:56:00 AM  

  • My oldest son (14) plays JV football. Had a opposing player in our last game of the season that on the encouragement of a coach tried to hurt a player's already injured knee. Then my youngest son (10) plays "Midget League" football and last weekend, overheard a coach on the opposing side of the field actually use these words, "Let's hear some bones breaking." Then when their larger players really popped one of our smaller ones, they just egged them on to do it again. It was horrible. The state of little kids sports discourages me so much that I'm almost tempted as a mom to request they not play. It's not worth it! And I am a HUGE football fan! Go Colts, Roll Tide and Got Titans!

    By Blogger Snapshot, at 10/26/2005 07:34:00 AM  

  • When I was a kid, every World Series game was a day game. I remember sitting in study hall watching a b/w TV.

    By Blogger MarkS, at 10/26/2005 08:47:00 AM  

  • Well, Mark, I remember as a "big" kid taking sick leave during the WS since the games were all day games. [ducking head in red-faced shame]

    As a Padre fan, now backing the Astros, the sense of deja vu all over again is upon me - 1998 WS Padres swept by Yankees. I certainly hope the Astros will break that nightmare memory tonight!!

    AND to make it even worse, Geoff Burke was just traded by the Padres to Chicago. Then double the frustration, Geoff was an Astro at one time also. How dare he! Grrrrr!!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/26/2005 10:54:00 AM  

  • Note: comment unrelated to today's post... commenter fell asleep in the 8th inning! :(

    Four days ago, you posted mention of the TNIV. Many commented (including myself) about having it already and/or liking it. Because it is new, opinions are just starting to form. Oddly enough, I heard a radio program (which will go unnamed) that strongly discouraged using this new version because of the grave errors it possessed in translation of mostly gender inclusive changes. What do you think that is all about?

    By Blogger Amy Boone, at 10/26/2005 12:15:00 PM  

  • Note: comment unrelated to today's post... commenter fell asleep in the 8th inning! :(

    Four days ago, you posted mention of the TNIV. Many commented (including myself) about having it already and/or liking it. Because it is new, opinions are just starting to form. Oddly enough, I heard a radio program (which will go unnamed) that strongly discouraged using this new version because of the grave errors it possessed in translation of mostly gender inclusive changes. What do you think that is all about?

    By Blogger Amy Boone, at 10/26/2005 12:15:00 PM  

  • Sorry... didn't mean to comment twice...

    By Blogger Amy Boone, at 10/26/2005 12:17:00 PM  

  • Amen on the little league! When the game is over, you can go find your best friend on the other team and get your free Cokes and watch another friend play.

    By Blogger That Girl, at 10/26/2005 05:44:00 PM  

  • My first World Series memories are from fourth grade. My teacher actualy let us bring in this tiny radio and turn it down real low and listen to it during class! As a teacher now, I can't imagine letting my kids do that...but I wish I could!

    Who was playing back in '68 anyway?

    By Blogger Paul, at 10/26/2005 06:14:00 PM  

  • Completely off topic and begging your indulgence, Mike as I too ask to take advantage of this wonderful blog, asking for information.

    One of my dearest friends was just transfered to the Metroplex for District Manager training. Shortly, she will be moving on to Texarkana, TX. She is asking for information/suggestions for a church home in Texarkana.

    She's a dynamic gal, single mom, and would prefer a church that has an active singles or single parenting group. Of course, she'd be thrilled to find a church home that has a Mike Cope clone as its preacher, but... :)

    Any suggestions? She just called me, asking for help finding this. She'll also be looking for a reputable and capable real estate agent to help her find her new home in Texarkana. Help?

    Thanks Mike, and thanks to anyone that might be able to help.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/26/2005 07:55:00 PM  

  • Amy - There is broad approval of the TNIV translation. Those who don't like the gender inclusive language are picking away at it. But I think it's a needed improvement over the NIV.

    Kathy - Sorry, I just don't know much about the churches there. Perhaps someone else can help.

    Paul - Cardinals vs. Tigers. I was there for one of the games in St. Louis! Bob Gibson ruled in '68 (even though the Cards lost the series).

    By Blogger Mike, at 10/27/2005 05:49:00 AM  

  • Kathy,

    Concerning your friend moving to Texarkana and looking for a church, I can only recommend one, and then again I don't know just a whole lot about that one. Westside Church of Christ is the one that seems to be the most open. This whole area has been steeped in tradition, the old paths, and dogmatism for many years, and few have broken free. Walnut is the big one with the billion dollar facility, but I wouldn't go there. Rose Hill I surely wouldn't go there. But, then again, your friend may have to visit each one and see what she thinks. I'm not sure about singles programs and things like that. I'm sure God will lead her to the right one.

    By Blogger Brad, at 10/27/2005 06:13:00 AM  

  • First,

    Mike, thanks for your usual open gracious generosity with time and your blog!

    Brad - thanks so much. I'll pass the info. along to my friend.

    Everyone, I'm too sad and with a terminal case of deja vu [1998 Padres vs Yankees] to comment. ;)

    Next year!!!!!!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 10/27/2005 08:20:00 AM  

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