First of all, I’m sorry I’ve been a bad blogger the last two days. There’s no drama and I’m still employed, but I’m looking for a new day job and that’s taking up quite a bit of time. I love my current gig, but it’s not going to turn into what I hoped it would, so with the complete blessing and support of my awesome boss, I need to find something else. I’m going to try to double up on posts today and tomorrow to make up for Monday and Tuesday.
I’m still catching up to the League of Extraordinary Bloggers and my next late assignment is an open-ended one about baseball:
Take me out to the ball game! America’s past time has been prominently featured in pop culture for over a century, so this week, we’re talking baseball!
I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’m not a big sports fan. I grew up in Tallahassee, so I have very fond memories of going to Florida State football games with my friends, but I haven’t stayed motivated to keep up with the Seminoles in a serious way since I moved from there. Now that I live in Minnesota, I’ve been to a handful of Twins and Saints games, several Wild games, and a Timberwolves game, but that’s about the atmosphere and hanging out with people I like. I understand the rules and cheer loudly for the home team, but I can’t get into the players and the stats. In other words, I’m a casual sports watcher.
That said, I do love me a sports movie and that includes baseball. Favorites include Major League, A League of Their Own, and Bull Durham. But really, when I think about baseball and pop culture, I always go first to good ol’ Charlie Brown. The Peanuts defined Americana for me as a kid and their neighborhood games romanticized baseball more than any film ever could.
The next thing I think of in reference to baseball is always the last 1:10 of Chuck Jones and Co.’s “Duck! Rabbit, Duck!”
Some of the other League members came up with some baseball references I can relate to. Team Hellions talked about a baseball-themed West Coast Avengers comic and reminded me of all those fun baseball games the X-Men used to play between epic story arcs. I used to love those issues where the team would try (and fail) to play without using their powers. Cavalcade of Awesome and Red-Headed Mule both put together dream teams of movie baseball players; an awesome idea. And Lair of the Dork Horde reminded me of the batting helmet ice cream bowls we used to get and collect in the ’80s (and those awesome-at-the-time handheld baseball video games).
How about you? What – if anything – does baseball mean to you?