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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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Drew McLellan

Love this story and love that even in moments of incredible agony -- we are slipped a brief respite.


Ha! I bet your mom would have cracked right up at that one. Great story.


I would probably have said the exact same thing!

+ I laughed :)


I LOLed.

Tara Youknow

@Drew - the universe was kind to me in that moment, I think. :)

@webhill - she would have been telling everyone, including the Sears repair person ;)

@mattmagic - yes, but I'd expect such cheekiness from you!

@Karen - I'm just glad I had actually written it down. I hadn't thought about it in ages until recently!

Thanks all for the comments!


I have a sort of similar story. Just over a week after my mother died, there was a major earthquake in New Zealand (bigger than Haiti). It was a long way from where I was and mostly didn't affect me.

It wasn't until after I got back home that I realised that 5 year old L (who had not been in NZ with me) had linked the two in his mind. We had the following conversation:

"Mummy, was there a big earthquake when you were in New Zealand".
Me: "yes, there was a very big earthquake, but it was a long way from Auckland and no one died"
L: "Except Grandma Pam".

It was kind of hard that my first instinct was to make a mental note to tell my mother the story when I spoke to her next.

Tara Youknow

@Megan those mental note moments are tough, I know. *hugs*

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