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   Vol. 20 No. 25
Thursday July 1, 2021
Baseball High As The Flag On July 4
Baseball and July 4
Gerritt Cole
     We’ve reached a fork in the road in New York City, as July 2021 finds some folks venturing out to dine once again and gather in the parks
     The summer will not be denied as the most famous sports address in the world—Yankee Stadium in the Bronx—switched on the bright lights this year for a full season.
     So far we have not seen our team climb to the top of the American League East but as it is said, “It ain’t over until it’s over!”
Emily Arend at Yankee Stadium      Having baseball back feels like a blessing at this time after all the lockdowns, terrible loss of life and scares of a new strain.
     Now once again in 2021 we can think about the Boys of Summer. We can think about the game.
     We realize that many of our readers around the world may not follow baseball and certainly U.S. football carries a much bigger audience.
     Of course “football” to almost everyone in this world is also the word for soccer.
     To be clear we love them all.
     Here we share some words about U.S. baseball.
George Carlin     The late, great George Carlin defined why baseball is so special:
     “Baseball is different from any other sport, very different.
     “For instance, in most sports you score points or goals; in baseball you score runs.
     “In most sports the ball, or object, is put in play by the offensive team; in baseball the defensive team puts the ball in play, and only the defense is allowed to touch the ball.
     “In fact, in baseball if an offensive player touches the ball intentionally, he's out; sometimes unintentionally, he's out.
     “Also, in football, basketball, soccer, volleyball and all sports played with a ball, you score with the ball, and in baseball the ball prevents you from scoring.
     “In most sports the team is run by a coach; in baseball the team is run by a manager.
     “And only in baseball does the manager or coach wear the same clothing the players do.
     "In baseball the object is to go home!
     “And to be safe!
     “I hope I'll be safe at home!
     “Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror.
     “Baseball has no time limit:
     “We don't know when it's gonna end - might have extra innings.”

Baseball Versus Football

     George Carlin hits the “home run” here:
“In football you wear a helmet.
     “In baseball you wear a cap.
     “Football is concerned with downs - what down is it?
     “Baseball is concerned with ups - Who's up?
     “In football you receive a penalty.
     “In baseball you make an error.
     “In football the specialist comes in to kick.
     “In baseball the specialist comes in to relieve somebody.
     “Football has hitting, clipping, spearing, piling on, personal fouls, late hitting and unnecessary roughness.
     “Baseball has the sacrifice."

Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass

     Walt Whitman, an American poet, essayist, journalist and humanist in his 1855 book of poems, titled "Leaves of Grass" said this about baseball:
     “I see great things in baseball. It's our game, the American game.
     “It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.”

      Now let the fabled words echo through the land.
     Happy Fourth. Play Ball 2021!

Editor's Note:  This one is for Emily. Youngest daughter Emily Parker (pictured above) enthuses,I'm so pumped for baseball to be back."

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