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100 Words about Baseball

  • Why I Love Baseball
    There is no clock
    90 feet between bases is genius
    There are secret signs
    Hanging curveballs are sexy
    Numbers are magic: 755, 56, 7, 61, 1.12
    Tinker to Evers to Chance
    Ivy at Wrigley
    The Green Monster
    The suicide squeeze
    Cracker Jack
    Walt Whitman liked it
    Jackie Robinson and Pee-Wee Reese
    It just feels American
    The seventh-inning stretch
    Guys in tight pants
    Bull Durham
    There’s no crying in baseball
    A great play at the plate
    High socks
    Spring training
    Keeping score
    The rubber game
    The infield fly rule
    162 chances

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Thank you for the kind acknowledgment, Tara. I would say we both survived the sharing experience. Like you, I’ve always been reluctant…and scared.

I would also say that our paths crossed exactly when they needed to cross, at least for me. Because more important than giving me the support and encouragement I needed to finish The Blind Man to His Wife, you helped reconnect me to myself. It’s scary that in the routine of everyday life we can so gradually and almost unnoticeably lose little pieces of ourselves. So, again, thank you. You have been and are a good friend, and it is wonderful to see you taking “risks.” I enjoy them.

Some reasons I love baseball: Darryl Strawberry’s towering home runs; triples; Pop Pop Sampers’ Mr. Met facing the TV, thumb down, after a loss; and my Pop Pop Conlin saying, “now that’s a big league pop-up.”


And see how I never hold you being a Mets fan against you, Michael? ;) To have had even the tiniest part in prompting you to finish The Blind Man to His Wife is for me a huge honor. HUGE. I promise to fill my gas tank up BEFORE lunch next time. :)

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