three up and three down

Hi, my name is Wil, and I’m a baseball fan.

It all started when I was a little kid, and my dad took me to Dodger Stadium for an afternoon game. I don’t remember much about the game, but I can close my eyes and instantly hear the din of the crowd, the ever-present Vin Scully coming out of a thousand hand-held radios, and feel the warm summer sun on my face. I can taste the Dodgerdogs and Cracker Jacks, and hear Nancy B. on the Dodger Stadium organ.

As I got older, just watching the game wasn’t enough for me. I needed to take a scorecard to the game, then I needed to take a transistor radio, then I found myself with . . . binoculars.

I knew I had a problem when I couldn’t get tickets for opening day, so I bought hot dogs, beer, cracker jacks, peanuts and red vines, grabbed my booklet of score cards, sat in front of my television, and pretended that I was in Chavez Ravine.

Luckily, I was able to get some help for my addiction, when Kevin “Dodger Boy” Malone came to Los Angeles, and thoroughly fucked up the team on the field and decimated the farm system. The new Dodger ownership, by turning my beloved Dodger Stadium into a a series of billboards with empty rich jerk seats where the foul territory once was have helped me maintain my sobriety.

So, uh . . . does anyone know when pitchers and catchers report to Spring training? I have, uh, a friend who wants to know.

(adapted from WWdN:iX)

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4 Replies to “three up and three down”

  1. Spring training has begun, thank god, and my Cubs are ready…this is the year we do it all. I hope Furcal does well for y’all…he chose you over us this winter and I just hope he’s worth it. I’m glad he didn’t sign…this way we get to see the rookie Cedeno take a shot.

    Baseball season is magic. The sights, the sounds, the smells…all intoxicating. Sitting around in the summer sun, watching the game live…nothing like it.

  2. bad news Steven… we ain’t ready. Wood is on the shelf (again) and we have no power in the outfield.. Just another year older..

    But hey! we do have a new jazzy resturant in center field, lots of bright new high contrast electronic signs and the opportubnity to buy our very own paver brick at the “new and improved” Wrigley (aka “The High Church of Hope”)

    Could it be our year? maybe… But I’m not betting on it..

  3. I’m spring training spoiled, as I work in Scottsdale, directly across the street from the stadium where the Giants play. I’m not a Giant’s fan, but I’m a baseball fan, and nothing beats the month of March where I can spend my lunch break watching a ball game and having a hotdog.

    Lest you think I’m bragging, please keep in mind that March is nearly the last month before it’s a daily 120 degrees out here and I can’t enjoy any time at all outside!

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