Waiting is not a virtue. Punctuality is. I’ve been waiting 35 years for the Seattle Mariners to deliver a World Series. The lack of punctuality existing is clear, and even the lack of a World Series they haven’t bestowed has become irrelevant. I’ve waved the white and blue flag, surrendering my allegiance to this group of players.
Returning from a four day vacation to Los Angeles, the city of Angels and baseball, leaves me with a dull impression on my mind. There were indeed Angels in Los Angeles, and they were sitting right next to me at Dodger Stadium, also known as “The Chavez Ravine”. The Angels may be a team in LA, but the Angels on this night were my wife sitting with me and my two friends, Trevor and Marshall.
Trevor, and his father, Marshall, were hosting this baseball party lasting from the first inning rib Trevor grilled at his home, until the ninth inning at that glorious ravine. It was a fabulous night amplified with cheering at the proper moments, sighing at improper moments, and happily devouring peanuts without even recognizing your belly was already full of the magnificent ribs provided prior to the game. We ate those peanuts like we were mad at them. Watching the Dodgers and rooting for them from the tender age of I don’t remember, this was significant and winning nostalgia. (Their triple A club….”The Spokane Indians” was located five minutes away from our home in the mid seventies. This is why I followed and worshiped a team that would eventually deliver a boy a World Series.)
Fast forward to the year 2012 where I recently sat with my friends at The Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers won, and now, I, once again, love the Dodgers and the city.
So, thanks to those friends and true men who love and respect the sport (Trevor and Marshall) for reminding us of how much fun the game can be. Some people, owners, and Generally Stupid Managers forget. I never do forget.
P.S. Go back and read this as though it was the voice is Steven A. Smith from ESPN. He’s terrifical, magical, and glorious. See . . . Frank Caliendo Impersonates Stephen A. Smith