Fish Are Jumpin’ – June 17

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.”
Edmund Blunden

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.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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4 Responses to Fish Are Jumpin’ – June 17

  1. dino0726 says:

    Oh, yes! I remember my father taking my sister and I to see the Senators play. Who are the Senators? They were the Washington Senators founded in Washington, D.C. in 1901. Some players were included in the Hall of Fame — Goose Goslin, Sam Rice, Joe Cronin, Bucky Harris, Heinie Manush and Walter Johnson, one of the greatest pitchers of all time. In 1960 a deal was made — The old Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins.

  2. noelleg44 says:

    One of my favorite characters, Stepheny, and one of my favorite movies. Don’t like to watch baseball, but love baseball movies! Go figure!

  3. browneyedgirl159 says:

    Bull Durham is my favorite movie!! Watched it again recently after a long respite; it makes me smiile and laugh and feel wistful….what more could a girl want? As for baseball, I have re-discovered my beloved Boston Red Sox, who I only went to see once until last year, when I was 3 against the Yankees (Sox lost) and which I do not recall. So when I received an email from the Sox pitching four packs of summer games, I knew I had to have one. My first one was last year on opening weekend, also my 49th birthday weekend, and wa so sentimental when I got there tears welled. We lost all four games last summer, but aside from that, it was heavenly: heavenly weather, heavenly company, heavenly fun, and heavenly adventure! So I’m onto another four pack this summer and it has given me the oppotunity to have some quality weekends and/or days in the city to reconnect with my mom and with friends who I don’t get to enjoy enough quality time with. Gotta love baseball….I do agree, Annie Savoy, it will heal the nation….Play ball!!!

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