Welcome if you are visiting because you are on the 2016 A to Z Post Challenge Road Trip This is a series during the month of June celebrating Summertime
“Cricket to us was more than play,
It was a worship in the summer sun.”
I didn’t grow up with cricket, though Downton Abbey has provided a window into how important it is to those who play and watch the sport. Cubs baseball in Wrigley Field is another matter. My parents took me to see the Cubs play, and in old age, they sat in front of the TV watching every game. Their great grandson, Sam, is a Cubs fan.
Who can forget Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) in the movie, Bull Durham? This is what the ‘boys of summer,’ young and old alike, believe about the sport.
Walt Whitman once said, “I see great things in Baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.”
— Annie Savoy
Annie Savoy also said, “I believe in the Church of Baseball. I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball…You see, there’s no guilt in baseball, and it’s never boring… Sometimes when I’ve got a ballplayer alone, I’ll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him, and the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen…Course, what I give them lasts a lifetime; what they give me lasts 142 games. Sometimes it seems like a bad trade. But bad trades are part of baseball… It’s a long season and you gotta trust it. I’ve tried ’em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.”
Hope you get to watch YOUR team play a ballgame this summer from a good seat, eating a great hot dog, with a win.