Posted tagged ‘Baseball’

“Say It Ain’t So, Joe!”

June 1, 2012

If you had the opportunity to read the blog I posted about baseball last year, you know my feelings about the sport. If you haven’t had the chance to read it, you can see it here.

Since I last expressed my true feelings on the All-American game, nothing has changed. I still find baseball uninspiring. Not even peanuts and Cracker Jacks can pique my interest. Maybe a beer … or two … or three … or four would help, but I doubt it. I’d just end up with a headache and feeling bloated.

I must admit not all things about baseball are boring. I’ve learned to appreciate a few baseball terms – like cheese, donut, lollipop, meatball, and pancake. They conjure up some pretty delicious thoughts. On the other hand, the term spit ball grosses me out.

Even though I harbor negative feelings about the sport, I don’t want to taint the opinions of my library students – especially when there are some great baseball books for them to enjoy.

Cool Baseball Facts, written by Kathryn Clay, is a book that has some interesting information. The reading level is for younger students, but I’ve used the book with older groups, too. I pitch questions at them from the facts included in the book. Sometimes they get a hit. Other times they strike out. It’s a great way to get them actively involved.

Baseball isn’t for everyone, but I don’t want to drop the ball when it comes to giving others the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sport. Just because I’m the one out in left field doesn’t mean I’m a total screwball. I don’t want to be accused of having my foot in the bucket. I’m willing to step up to the plate and knock the cover off the ball to get kids interested in reading – even if it means reading books about baseball. Who knows, with the right attitude, this could be a whole new ball game for me!

Baseball picture books I recommend:

How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball written and illustrated by David Shannon (Blue Sky Press, 2012)

Bats at the Ballgame written and illustrated by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010)

Baseball Saved Us written by Ken Mochizuki and illustrated by Dom Lee (Lee & Low Books, 1995)

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Bruins Fans Quack Me Up

June 14, 2011

“Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept.” ─ Doug Larson

I readily admit I’m not passionate about sports – especially baseball. But I do take a moment every day to glance at the sports page so I can pretend I know what’s going on.  

What I am passionate about is children’s books. Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings stole my heart the first time I read it.

So when Mrs. Mallard, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack were seen in Boston Public Garden donned in Boston Bruins gear to support the hometown team in the Stanley Cup Finals, I took notice.

And when George Washington was spotted in the streets of Boston wearing a Bruins jersey, that’s history!

I realized it was time for me to reevaluate my thinking about sports. Tomorrow night I’ll have my television tuned into the Bruins/Canucks Stanley Cup Final. I’ll probably be asking a lot of questions, but, who knows, I may find that I have a “Nack” for understanding the game of hockey!

Go Bruins!

Here are two books I’m going to check out:  Hat Trick Counts:  A Hockey Number Book by Matt Napier and illustrated by Melanie Rose (Sleeping Bear Press, 2005), Z is for Zamboni:  A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier and illustrated by Melanie Rose (Sleeping Bear Press, 2002)

Tuesday Was A Dinger!

May 13, 2011

Who would have thought words like ball game and baseball could cause such a buzz? Well, that’s exactly what happened when I posted my blog Tuesday morning. For some reason those simple words set the ball in motion. They caught someone’s eye and my blog was posted on WordPress. com’s “Freshly Pressed” page. It was a home run miracle for me. My site stats rose faster than a disgruntled fan’s temper!

Since I started writing my blog, I’ve challenged myself to create interesting posts every Tuesday and Friday because I’m always looking for ways to hook new readers. Then on Tuesday, out of the blue, a curve ball was thrown at me which sent me into a blog game tizzy.

Suddenly there were tons of people reading my blog and posting comments. I’m not crying foul here. You’ll find no complaints from me. It was fun reading what people had to say and finding out there are many, like me, who consider baseball boring, but I also heard from those diehards who love baseball above all else.

One of my favorite comments was from a voracious Red Sox fan that began, “Dear God, your blasphemous mouth, rejecting box seats at Fenway…” I may not love baseball, but I love people who are passionate about what life offers them. So thanks “Freshly Pressed” for putting my blog out there. It’s been fun.

I hear there’s a Red Sox/Yankee’s game tonight, but you won’t catch me watching it. Maybe I’ll read about it in the newspaper tomorrow. Okay, that’s a bunch of bull from the bullpen!

Has anyone heard of this team?

Don’t Take Me Out to the Ball Game

May 10, 2011

The season is upon us. I’m talking about the baseball season. It’s considered one of America’s greatest pastimes. There’s baseball on television, baseball on the radio, baseball in the news.  As fans sing, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” my thoughts are no way, get me out of here, anything but baseball.

Don’t get me wrong. I like sports, but baseball produces an all-time low for me. I don’t want anything to do with it. I’ve tried to figure out what in my past caused me to dislike baseball with such a passion. This is what I discovered.

Strike one:  When I was in second grade, my dad took my brother and me to major league baseball game in Milwaukee. My dad and brother yelled and cheered. We all ate peanuts. I had no clue as to what was going on in the game so I kept myself busy by eating peanuts – lots of peanuts. I threw up!

Strike two:  I didn’t go to another major league baseball game until my dad offered to take my husband and me to a game in Milwaukee. It was a night game. I didn’t eat peanuts, and the game didn’t end at the ninth inning. It went on and on. I was bored. I was tired. We finally left at the 12th inning. It was way too late for me!

And that’s another thing. The baseball season is too long. It begins in April and ends in October with the World Series. Seven months of baseball. I could almost have a baby in that time!!! (Well, maybe not any more…)

Strike three:  In recent years, the company my husband worked for gave him the opportunity to entertain members of his department in their private box at Fenway Park. Now who would say no to seeing the famous Green Monster from a private box? I would. Why not a box at the opera instead? For my husband’s sake, I went. I tried to get into the game, but even the luxury of the private box did nothing for me. I’ve often said I’d rather listen to golf being broadcast on the radio than go to a baseball game! I’m just not a fan. Strike three and I’m out!

For those of you who are ardent baseball fans, here are some books for all ages to enjoy.

Picture Books:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Jack Norworth (Imagine, 2011), Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010), Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey (Scholastic Press, 2003)

Picture Book Biographies:

She Loved Baseball:  The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick (Collins, 2010), Home Run:  The Story of Babe Ruth by Robert Burleigh (Sandpiper, 2003)

Nonfiction:

Ballpark:  The Story of  America’s Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee (Atheneum, 2008), We Are the Ship:  The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (Jump the Sun, 2008)

Also check out Middle-Grade Baseball Series by authors Matt Christopher, Dan Gutman, and Mike Lupica


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