Base­ball weather has ar­rived

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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