The six months of Major League Baseball’s regular season are jam-packed with 162 games for each of the 30 teams. All winter I wait for baseball season to begin again. Sometimes I wonder if it pervades my mind too much?
This is sadly not a crochet creation of MVP candidate Josh Hamilton.
No part of my mind doubts it was not this man:
Before Prince Fielder signed with the Detroit Tigers or the Milwaukee Brewers, there was his father, Cecil Fielder.
There was also a vacation to Cape Cod I took with my family in, I believe, 1990. While my dad had to return to work early, my mother, brother, and I watched the All-Star Game on good old-fashioned over-the-air television.
I say this was “probably” 1990 because while the exact year has long since left my memory to make room for meaningless statistics and trivia on all manner of subjects, this particular All-Star Game had a first: it featured the first All-Star appearance of Cecil Fielder. Of course, he made two other appearances as an All-Star in 1991 and 1993, so this memory could be from one of those years as well.
To cut to the chase, the pitcher (whom I have no memory of whatsoever) was doing his job against the Detroit slugger and the announcer made a comment that has amused me for years. It went something like this:
It’s like he [the pitcher] is bowling as he faces Cecil Fielder.
and his partner responded:
Yes, but Fielder is larger than the average pin.
With all the talk about the rally squirrel providing entertainment, luck, and improbable success for the Cardinals, I can’t get this image out of my head if Tony LaRussa had a press conference about their rally rodent.
Mr. Burns and his vest