Headed to Florida!

The Dawg is headed to Florida with son, son-in-law and grandson (No Grils Allowed!!) to see the WORLD SERIES CHAMPION HOUSTON ASTROS prepare for the upcoming season.  So no Daily Dawg next week.  I figure most of you are on spring break anyway.

For today, just my annual reminder of why baseball, of all the sports, is the most like LIFE.

  1. They play every day.  You don’t get to practice all week to perform once.  No.  You have to bring it every single day.
  2. It’s the only game where the defense is in control of the ball.  You go through your days desperately trying to control the kids, their parents, your boss, your co-workers, the traffic, your spouse….and in moments of clarity come to realize that you do not have the ball.
  3. It’s a team game.  You can’t win without the support of others.
  4. But on the other hand, when it’s your turn at bat, there is no one who can help you.  Sometimes it’s all up to you.
  5. Unlike many sports where people have specialized roles, in baseball everyone has to be able to do all the basic things—hit the ball; catch the ball; throw the ball; run.  I realize that the designated hitter represents an exception to this rule, but that’s why the DH is an abomination in the eyes of God and man.
  6. You start out at home, and the basic idea is to get back home safe.

For the religiously inclined I would also point out that God favors baseball.  We know this from the very opening words of Genesis:  “In the big inning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

At least I think it says something like that.