Friday, April 14, 2006

Baseball and Rain

Baseball starts today. I love baseball!

I've been a ticket season-holder for Visalia Oaks for seven years. (and board member and secretary of the booster club for six years)

But it has rained off and on (sometimes poured) all day long. Will the game be canceled? I certainly hope not! I am sure that they are tired of me calling the office every two hours, trying to disguise my voice, asking if the game has been called off.

So far, so good.

The game starts in two hours. The clouds are dark but it is not raining at the moment-

Please - please --- no rain tonight. It is not that I don't like it, I just love baseball more.

I always loved the rain. I have so many fond memories about it -- starting with memories about my father. He was blind and never saw me. But he loved the rain. He loved the way it smelled. He loved the way it sounded - the splish splash on puddles and the ting tang sounds on metal or car tops. I must have inherited that love of rain from him.

I loved being outside on rainy days - umbrella in one hand. I would splash in every puddle I could find. But I was so skinny that on windy days, the wind would literally pick me up, or more often than not, knock me over. Still, I longed for rainy days - which were few and far between.

To this day, I love rain. This year has been great. The only reason I wish it would stop is because of the flooding it has caused. We have had nine or so different counties in the area (including mine) declared national disaster areas due to flooding.

(*actual opening day was Thursday - but this didn't go online till Friday.)


  1. Ha!! We beat you at baseball on the world cup!! :)

  2. oh dama negra, you make me smile.

    World Cup is soccer. And the USA beat Mexico 4-1 (Sept. 3, 2005) The 2006 World Cup (USA vs Mexico) is scheduled for Sept.2006)

    But I think you were referring to the World Baseball Classic. (held in Anaheim just last month - March 17)

    And yes, you beat us! :-) Mexico has some outstanding pitchers. AS does the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. (I know a few of them)

    But, back to the game in question. We had five hall of famers and still we didn't make it past the quarterfinals. And we only had three hits against eight pitchers!

    Final score 2-1, Mexico!

    All this at Angel Stadium in front of 38,284 fans! How I would have loved to have been there!