Another beautiful spring day, temperatures in the 70s. Spent some time sitting in the garden under pristine blue skies. No airplanes passing overhead, no sound of traffic. It would be heaven under other circumstances.
Watching the replay of the White Sox 2019 home opener as I write this. It made me think how just five or so years ago Charlie and I would be getting started with another season playing baseball down at Horsham Junior Baseball Club. I really feel sorry for all the kids who aren’t able to go out and play baseball, or play anything really. I can’t imagine what it must be like having young children locked down and unable to burn off their boundless energy.
Now Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for “tests”. Except their are no tests. Rumours abound that he’s really in worse shape than they have let on. I hope he pulls through because surely it will change his perspective and so his policies.
I’ve never been a big fan of the monarchy, but I found the address the Queen gave to the nation today very moving. These are extraordinary times.
The past few days it seemed that time was passing very quickly. But today things seemed to slow down considerably.
Tomorrow is another day.
Well it has been a pretty shit day that turned from bad to worse just after I posted yesterday’s entry. I made the classic mistake of checking Twitter one last time before I put the lights out and learned that Adam Schlesinger, who was in Fountains of Wayne, one of my favourite bands, had died from Covid-19. It was like being punched in the stomach. I wrote about meeting him once, almost, over on Facebook. He was a great songwriter along with Chris Collingwood.
So I didn’t sleep that well and then of course today I learned that Ed Farmer, former White Sox pitcher and their radio play-by-play man for 30 years, had also died. I knew he had not been well and hadn’t been on many of the Sox spring training broadcasts, but it was still another body blow. Owing to the time difference I spent a lot of nights in bed with my earphones in listening to Farmio and DJ on the radio. I have really been missing baseball and recently discovered all of last season’s White Sox radio broadcasts were archived on TuneIn Radio, and had been listening to a few this past week. It might be a while before I can listen to another one. Ed Farmer was a great announcer who knew the game inside out and had a dry sense of humour. He was Chicago through and through. The city has lost a favourite son.
The worst part is I think we’re all going to have to get used to losing people who mean a lot to us in the days ahead.
Charlie’s looking very focused at the plate during his team’s latest game. The Rays thrashed the arch-rival A’s 29-12 and are now undefeated after three games. So far Charlie’s first year in Bronco/Pony baseball is going very well. Keep it up, buddy!
Charlie and me (and Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn) at Camelback Ranch. We made it to three White Sox games on our visit to Arizona and had a great time, despite the Sox losing two out of three.
Charlie getting some work in prior to the official start of baseball practice in two weeks’ time. Fastball already hitting the low 90s.
Here’s the 2009 Horsham Junior Baseball Club Mustang League A’s unofficial team photo. We began our regular season yesterday with a tough loss to the Mets, who scored three runs in the bottom of the last inning to edge us 12-11. You can follow the A’s on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mustang_as
They don’t call Jim Thome Mr Incredible for nothing! What a game! What a trio of games! I feel emotionally drained already and the playoffs are only starting. I love the photo below of Alexi Ramirez taken the moment he realises he has just hit a grand slam in the game against the Tigers. It will go down as a baseball classic, and might even win a Pulitzer Prize. This team believes now. They have momentum. Anything can happen.
Charlie holds up a sign we made for last night’s Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. Despite holding it up between innings througout the entire game, for some strange reason the cameramen decided not to show it on the giant screen in center field. Hmmm, and we thought we were being nice by saying thanks!?
That’s Charlie running the bases and standing in front of the D-Backs’ dugout at Chase Field after Sunday’s Diamondbacks vs Braves game. He touched them all and Dad got to go down on the field too – although I was too busy taking pictures to notice where I was! Wonder if any scouts were watching? More photos on flickr