Baseball weather has arrived
It was crazy weather to finish up the winter month of February — but then the Orioles have begun spring training in Florida so we might as well have a little of their weather up here for a few days. I can’t wait for the regular baseball season to begin.
And talking about baseball, my friend Barry Demaris stopped by the other day and gave me a couple of books he thought I would enjoy reading. One is called Baseball’s Greatest Quotations by Paul Dickson, and the 652 pages are filled with quotes from players over the years all in alphabetical order. It will take me a while to get through this book, but here are a couple of quotes from the Orioles’ own Brooks Robinson that I saw in the book:
“I’ll play out the string and leave baseball without a tear. A man can’t play games his whole life.” This was quoted in Sport magazine in 1963. Then he said, “This is the best time of year. Heck, once the season starts, I go to work.” Brooks was talking about spring training.
The author of this massive tome is from Garrett Park, MD, and says he is working on a second edition.
While on the subject of baseball, I am still wondering why the Orioles front office did not attempt to re-sign catcher Matt Wieters as well as he played and hit the eight seasons he was with them. I am sure the Orioles pitchers are glad he signed with the Washington Nationals, a team in the National League and not one they will play to see him at bat.
Finally, I noted in the sports page the other day that LA Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw earned $32 million last years. But it was not all salary, he was doing well with endorsements also. So you can see with some major league ballplayers can become multi-millionaires and not just playing a little boys’ game.
• • • FEW ODDS AND ENDS • You know, we need a few more “happy” columns on the Sun papers op-ed page like the one recently written by Patrica Schulthies called “Passing on an unexpected gift.” The author of the column has done a book on short stories set in Baltimore.
• I surely am glad that Maryland Public Television continues to carry my favorite BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine. We usually are having lunch when it comes on; and I am even more pleased that it has begun the series over again because I could not get a handle around one of the nutty characters playing in the last few episodes. Of course, as Ruth says, all of them are idiots, but this guy was a real idiot and did not add to the show like Compo does.
• We had turned off the TV before the final bit of the Oscars show Sunday night, so missed out on the horrific boo-boo at the end in announcing the wrong Best Picture onstage. What a blunder!
• I certainly hope the Library can obtain Tom Hank’s new book “Uncommon Type — Some Stories.” It is due out in October, I read; and features 17 stories involving different typewriters. It said the movie Oscarwinner loves vintage typewriters and this is his first book.
• Our own local television QAC-TV featured the Kent Island High School’s production of “Cinderella” the other evening and we turned to it just as it was going off, so did not see too much of the program, but what we did see was really a fine stage show by the youngsters.
• We are not going to put in much of a garden this year. But Ruth wants to have a few tomato plants in, so I will keep a half-dozen of these metal tomato plant cages I have here in the backyard shed. But we have quite a few, so if anyone needs a half-dozen tomato plant cages for their own garden, give me a call, or come on around the backyard and pick them up. They are laying alongside the firewood stack.