Saturday, October 19, 2019

Have You Read a Good Book Lately?

There is lots of thrills and other things that boys and girls learned about in reading this book in addition to baseball. Wow! More about life than the the brain can possibly imagine.

And what a bargain. An ebook on Amazon for only $2.99.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Who Needs Sanity?

Since leaving the hospital I developed a conceiving for a nice tall glass of ice cold water. So my search began like looking for an oasis in the middle of the desert. 

But during my search I suddenly realized that what I wanted was a good book to read. What could be better? Do you agree? 

Reading a good book helps me to keep my sanity. TV maybe, but a good book puts me into a different world. A world of reality that offers so much more satisfaction. Is that your experience? Starving for insightful information? 

If you find that life is boring and you need an up-per lifter, talk to your friends and check out a good book. I learned this the hard way by stumbling over my own feel, figuratively speaking. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Back to Books

As a long time set back for health reasons like two months I am finally getting back with my interest in books. Thank goodness for books because they open up the whole world to us. If you ever get bored in your life like I have, I suggest read a good book. As a book lover you will have no regret.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Make It Big

Make it big. Earlier in my life it was a common mindset. Everything had to be big.

Cars. Everybody wanted to have a big car. Back in the 50's the pride and joy of any car owner was to make it big. Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, Ford, Chrysler, and more, the idea was to make it big. Make it feel heavy, smooth, and quiet riding. 

Every family wanted a big house. Simple three bedroom ranch? Maybe. But five or six bedrooms, a private study, full basement and more would be even better. Do you get what I'm trying to say?

In the 50's a large family was a peaceful coexistence. Lots of kids was the name of the game and a mark of prestige. Remember that old nursery rhyme: "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children she didn't know what to do?" Yes large families was the norm of the day. 

So make it big. Large. The sky was your limit.

But not all things have to be big. Remember the horse, that large four footed wild animal in the old western TV movies? Put a bit in his mouth and suddenly the rider controls his behavior. Thank goodness for small favors.

Or what about ships? They are so large and driven by strong winds. Still they are driven by a small rudder. Yes, the pilot will decide on its direction. It's amazing how something so small steers a large ship. 

Thousands of people gather every year in a baseball park to watch an exciting game. Hits, running the bases, and scoring runs. Two baseball teams battle through nine innings to determine a winner. And it all started with a little white baseball with stitches that resemble those on an appendix scar.

So the best things come in small packages. Remember Steve Allen, panel member on "What's My Line?" In blind folds and attempting to guest what the Special Guest did, he'd asked, "Is the product bigger than a bread box?" Not always but it got the audience thinking. Items don't have to be big, only significant.

The size of the gift isn't important as much as the thought behind the gift.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Dreams Come True

If it came twenty-years earlier The Sandlot (movie) would have been an inspiration to my love for baseball and a good baseball story.

Yes those were the good old days. Baseball played on corner lots. A blend of ethnic backgrounds with kids having fun. There were cardboard bases, splintered bats and tattered baseballs. None of that fancy manufactured stuff now available on Amazon.

My story, Boys on the Gold Coast, is a heart warming story about a bunch of average kids on the block whom like to play baseball on a corner lot with friends in the big city, Chicago, Illinois. And when they got kick out of the neighborhood a retired janitor with a big heart took them under his wing. Yes life can be tough.

With their love for baseball they learned how to perfect their skills. As their reputation started to grow, soon lawn chairs crowded the school lot with friends and neighbors enjoying the thrill of watching an exciting game of baseball. Could there be anything better? Eventually they played the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. And people say it's fun to dream.

Remember Walt Disney's Jiminy Cricket singing about When You Wish Upon A Star dreams can come true? That's it! Don't be afraid to expand your horizons. You might be surprised to learn that your dreams can come true. 

Will a baseball game ever disappoint a baseball fan? Maybe. Maybe not. 

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Monday, August 5, 2019

What is a Curve Ball?

The action in any baseball game starts on the pitcher's mound. With the right stuff on the ball his goal is to strike out the batter, thus reduce the number of hits and chance to score runs. So  baseball fans love a good pitcher.

Most intriguing to me among pitchers is the curve ball. It's never a straight line pitch from the pitcher's mound to the plate. Is any pitch ever a straight line?

So how does a curve ball leave the pitcher's hand, travel straight toward the plate, only to break away as it approaches the batter.

The action of the ball depends on how the pitcher holds the ball. First, he places his thumb across one of the seams on the ball. Then with his middle finger on the same hand, he places it over another seam on the same ball. It's amazing how all the action depends on how the ball is held.

Next the delivery. When the ball leaves the pitcher's hand it spins forward. This causes the ball to either dip or break away at the plate. Thus only with a keen mind and sharp eye will the batter be able to hit the curve ball.

Remember the curve ball never travels in a straight line. Perhaps that's why it often confuses the batter. 108 stitches on the baseball is a scientific object. Wow! Back to the classroom.

Only the fast ball travels in a straight line. Now speed of the ball and timing enter the equation for any successful batter. And that's a story for another day. 

And who says kids don't like baseball? Every day thousands of kids show up at a ball park to enjoy an exciting game.

So are you ready? Put on your uniform. You just became a curve ball pitcher. Get out there on the mound and show your stuff.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Where is the Right Place?

Billy liked to play baseball. Every time he went by the school lot he wished he could join the other guys and play ball.  With chin resting on top of the fence he often stared at all the action and dreamed. 

However, Billy was not socially assertive. He never blended in with the other guys while his skills landed on the back burner. No one knew nor could they care less who he was.

No doubt about it, being shy and bashful with friends was in his DNA. For survival he continued to struggle for a peaceful coexistence, while some people got all the breaks. 

One day he decided to improve his baseball skills in the batting cages. After dropping a couple of quarters in the slot he positioned himself for all the action. Knowing that practice makes perfect he hit six out of a possible dozen baseballs. Gawking eyes from a crowd that gathered followed the celebrities over the fence. Yes, the kid got lucky.

Meanwhile, three cages over, Darrell couldn't help but notice the would-be potential super star baseball player. Following a few more challenges from the pitching machine, the boys met in the parking lot. Soon a warm relationship developed that eventually led to Billy joining the team.

The fun of being a baseball player is hitting the ball. Maybe, if lucky and the fans will love it, it's hitting a home run, scoring some runs, and winning a baseball game. Yes!

And they say success depends on being in the right place at the right time. Has your success path put you at the right place at the right time?