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Kent April 15, 2021

Baseball oddities

Chevrolet is currently running an ad which uses a voice over of James Earl Jones doing his “Baseball” speech from Field of Dreams in which he calls baseball, “The one constant through all the years.” It is a fine speech, given in that Jonesean rumble that no one else has ever duplicated.

Cheering for the underdog

There are few things in life as gratifying as picking an impossibly long shot and then rooting him home. Oh, the sweetness of looking around to all your scoffing friends and loudly asserting, “I told you so” and have the betting ticket to prove it.

Off season questions

When there is no baseball, those of us who are fanatic about being fans have to make our annual pilgrimage to YouTube, so we might do a refresher course on the Abbott and Costello classic, “Who’s on First?” I did notice this time around that classic though it is, they did forget to ask a few questions.

Maybe it’s time

Those who know me know that I can be a bit stubborn about changing my mind — at least in important matters, like wives, children and the designated hitter. I have been a sworn enemy of that last thing for a good 50 years, but I may be on the edge of being converted.

He put it in the bleachers

Perhaps you’ve heard about the dust up following Fernando Tatis Jr.’s grand slam in the eighth inning with a seven run lead. He missed the “take” sign on a 3 and 0 count, the pitcher grooved one, and Tatis hit it out.

Some people, including both managers, called, “Foul! He violated one of the unwritten rules!”

‘The Matrix’ is here

I am a major league fan of the movie, “The Matrix.” For those of you who might not be, it’s a movie about how a future artificial intelligence manages to create an artificial reality in which humans live, well, artificially, all the while thinking it is real.

Play it again, Gronk

So Gronk is back. Not surprising really because he always reminded us of an overgrown kid out there having a good time. When it was no longer fun, he was no longer there.

But where there happens to be is an important part of the game.

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