Monthly Archives: January 2011

Best Baseball Songs? ….. You Decide!

     Video Courtesy of yankee0412 | August 13, 2009

Okay, I have to admit things are a little slow, but here in the Bay Area there’s still a lot of hoopla left over from the World Series.  We should be able to live off the laurels of  those 2010 Giants for years to come.   And the Championship Trophy has been on tour for the past few weeks making headlines everywhere it goes.   All in all, Continue reading

Casey at the Bat …… “The Response”

On August 16, 2010, I posted a blog about “Buster at the Bat ….” talking about Buster Posey, but referencing that wonderful old poem, Casey at the Bat.   It’s as popular now as it was when it was  first published in The San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888.   A friend thoughtfully supposed the reason the poem is still so loved is because the same emotions, rivalries and competitive spirit are as relevant today as when it was first written.    I found this wonderful sequel to “Casey” at the Baseball Almanac .   “Casey’s Revenge” , written 18 years after Casey at the Bat, is an answer to the rivalry between the legendary pitcher who started all the trouble and Casey.   Believe it or not, it’s almost as fun as the original.  Here, see what you think  ~

Casey’s Revenge by Grantland Rice ©
Published: The Speaker (06-1907)
There were saddened hearts in Mudville for a week or even more;
There were muttered oaths and curses- every fan in town was sore.
“Just think,” said one, “how soft it looked with Casey at the bat,
And then to think he’d go and spring a bush league trick like that!”
All his past fame was forgotten- he was now a hopeless “shine.”
They called him “Strike-Out Casey,” from the mayor down the line; Continue reading

College Summer Leagues ….. Who Knew?

   

‘TOUCHING THE GAME ALASKA”

"Palm Springs Power"

I was in southern California a few years ago and watched my first “summer league” baseball game.   I was familiar with American Legion and Babe Ruth ball, but never heard of this level baseball and wanted to see what the hubbub was all about.  And so the Palm Springs Power (be sure and watch the video on their website, played to the tune “Boys of Summer“)was my introduction to College Summer Leagues.   Continue reading

Hmmm….World Series in Australia? ….. Tickets Please!

Leaving on a Jet Plane!

Just imagine it’s January, 2020, and you’re sitting in your box seat at Sydney Harbor,

Australia

watching the Melbourne Aces and the Seattle Mariners in the playoffs.   It could happen.  It’s not really so far-fetched, especially since the ABL is 75% owned by the MLB (yup, our very own Major League Baseball,  who knew?) and 25% owned by the Australians.  The inaugural season for the Australian Baseball League is 2010-11.   It would sure solve the problem we diehard fans have about what to do with those postseason blues that hit after the playoffs every year.   Wouldn’t it be great to watch a World Series game in 80 degree weather in January?  Just saying….. something to think about.   I gotta call Dan over at Diamond Baseball Tours and put a bug in his ear.  It’s never too early to plan!   Tickets please! 

GarlicFriesandBaseball ….. 2010 Overview

I just received this little ditty from WordPress telling me how GFBB did in 2010, (1st blog  was published in May) and  I wanted to share it with you.  The blogs about the SF Giants received the most attention, which was a surprise since GFBB readers are from all over the country/world and only a small percentage are from the Bay Area.  Here’s the “WordPress” overview: Continue reading

SF Giants ……. They’re Everywhere!!

The other day I was in the Safeway parking lot and had to do a double take on the guy pulling in next to me.  My gosh!  For sure it was Sergio Romo, in the car right next to me.  What to do?  Should I just ignore him, maybe introduce myself, thank him for a great season, or just act my age and ignore him?   After taking a few deep breaths I got out of the car and immediately realized it wasn’t Sergio after all, just someone who really reminded me of him!  This has been happening a lot lately.   We returned late last night from Las Vegas.  We flew down just to see “The Jersey Boys” playing at the Palazzo and it was probably the best show I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of shows!   As we were being seated  I nudged my husband and said” Oh my gosh!  Look!  It’s Buster Posey! ”  He was just being seated 4 rows in front of us!  Whattathrill!  Only to realize as he turned around it was a Posey lookalike.  I wondered if  this guy had to deal with fans often as surely others would have made the same mistake I just did.   But the reason I’m even mentioning this subject is that during the play, about a third into it,  the “Bob Gaudio” character was introduced and I immediately thought what a striking resemblance he had to Matt Cain.  Really!  Throughout the entire performance all I could think about when this guy was on

The "real" Bob Gaudio

stage was Matt Cain, his looks, height, curly hair, mannerisms, voice, everything!    So I mention this to my husband

Matt Cain

at intermission and he looked at me a little concerned, like  maybe I was starting to get a little obsessed about the Giants ……..really?  You think?   When we got back to our hotel room, I thought I was really onto something and looked frantically through the Playbill to find this identical twin to Matt Cain, the Bob Gaudio character, only to find they didn’t look anything like each other, at least not in the pictures.  I began to think my hubby was right and I was becoming obsessed.  After all, this was happening more and more lately.  Everywhere I turned I saw someone from the Giants team.  I haven’t seen Lincecum yet, but I’m sure he’s out there.  It’ll happen.  I have to get this under control!   It’ll be my New Year’s resolution, to stop obsessing about the  SF Giants!   Hmmm…..I wonder if Matt Cain can sing?