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Portrait of the Blogger as a Young Boy with Baseball on the Brain:
Put me in coach...
The following shots were taken by an old friend of my mom's from Belgium who came to visit. Must be around '77 or '78 cause I'm wearing a Bicentennial t-shirt.
That's my brother Ben, throwing the ol' palm ball. Amazing that he could even grip the damn thing, right?
That's Ben and me with my twin sister Sam. Like I said, I was very serious about baseball.
Thanks for sharing the pics... Very cool. Where were these pics taken? Looks very upstate-ish (not in the NYC sense either)
Born in the Bx, raised in Mt. Vernon, where I was by '78. To me, Orange, Putnam, Rockland Counties were like another world to me.
And it's crazy to me to see all the fairly recent development going on up there.
Giambi might actually be able to put it to the left side...
Living in CT now since 2000, and trips into Gotham are just a complete hassle for my lily-white suburban self.
Although last night was an interesting trip for me had to be in Queens for a party at 4pm, and GPS brought me right past the new Citi Field on the way in. On the way back it took me over the TriBoro and up 87 past the new cathedral in the Bronx.
If I wasn't driving I'd have taken a couple of pictures.
Those are really great pictures. They capture so much in terms of feeling and atmosphere.
I especially like the pitching one. That's just classic.
I just bought the kid his first bucket of real baseballs yesterday. We'd been using the softer, t-ball balls and when we went to restock, I asked him if he wanted the hard balls or the softer ones and he chose the hard ones.
I told him it would hurt more when they (ok, I) hit him (his old man has some control issues), but he said it was ok. I said it was good to use the hard ones because when he plays in a league they'll be hard. "Yeah, so that way I'll be used to it already!"
Man, he had some good ab last night. Taking close pitches, nice defensive swings, a couple of rips.
At least someone's serious about baseball in this world.
Had you not been malnourished, you might have had a shot at the bigs with that throwing motion and concentration. : )
Gotta love your bicentennial shirt and Ben's Batman shirt.
Good stuff, Alex. Thanks for sharing.
Yeah, Ben's Batman shirt is great, right?
I think I wore mine out pretty early, my Dad had to get a second for me. You're not supposed to use a hardball on it, you know... hehe
I have so many distinct wiffle ball game memories, too. Rules disputes that ended with "I'm taking my stuff and leaving!" and a vivid memory of hitting a ball over my house as the Angels tanked in the '82 ALCS to Milwaukee. Mark Brouhard was the unlikely star.
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