October and Baseball

This is the best month for baseball lovers! Football, basketball, hockey – they’d all be basically understandable right away to a newcomer seeing a game for the first time, but baseball: never! Baseball comes up quite a bit in our work – in the YA thriller Bullet Point, for example, the kids’ picture book Quacky Baseball, and of course The Fan was all about baseball. (Cal Ripken, Jr., paying me a very nice compliment on its accuracy, asked how far I’d gone in baseball.  That was a funny conversation.) Baseball also comes up in the Chet and Bernie series. Here’s a little something from Thereby Hangs A Tail:

We drove toward the sun, through a few neighborhoods a lot like our own, then past a baseball field with a kids’ game going on. I didn’t understand baseball but it always looked like fun, and the ball itself I loved. Who’d have guessed what the insides were like? At that very moment a kid swung his bat and the ball went soaring into the sky. We weren’t going very fast. Would it be totally impossible to –



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13 Responses to “October and Baseball”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:09 am on October 5th, 2019


    I love that scene in THAT!

    Cal Ripken, Jr…One of the greats of baseball! I wonder what Spence’s reply to Ripken’s question was?

    October baseball in the Bronx…Yankee Stadium was rockin’ last night…Go Yankees!

    Make it a good day!

  2. B. Stover
    9:31 am on October 5th, 2019

    I like that scene.

    Good morning all.

  3. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    11:26 am on October 5th, 2019

    The Nationals were rocking in LA last night too. Getting a win in LA is really big. And their pitching duo of their two best starting pitchers (and now relievers too) Strasburg and Scherzer is pretty amazing too. For those old enough to recall or for real baseball fanatics (eh, Rio and Spence), at one point the Milwaukee Braves has two star pitchers, Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain, and the fans all chanted, Spahn and Sain, and pray for rain. I think us National fans may do the same.

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:38 pm on October 5th, 2019

    W’s&T’s Paw: Go Nats!

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:28 pm on October 5th, 2019

    DI-DI! Grand slam!!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on October 5th, 2019

    Wookie!…We stayed up till 11.00pm and the Nats were ahead, but our eyeballs were drooping last night!…snort!…Confident the Nats would win one off those nasty Dodgers we went to our warm soft beds!…snorkel!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:54 pm on October 5th, 2019

    Twins!…I really love that the Twins are in the action this season!…Yes!…Mr. Fireslippers must be very happy indeed!…heh!heh!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on October 5th, 2019

    Low!…I do not believe I have ever seen the Red Sox end so low (middle) in the standings…wheeze!…Just goes to show anything can happen in baseball!…yeeep!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on October 5th, 2019

    Rose!…I should have checked in earlier!…sniff!…Sorry I missed it…wheeze!…Today was a busy kind of day…snuffle!

  10. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:14 pm on October 5th, 2019

    RIO! Busy! We here understand. Grizz has been busy editing papers for his students and taking care of student business for his class in the Big House. Not to mention that I had a head sharpening appointment today.

  11. Thieves!
    9:21 pm on October 5th, 2019

    We didn’t know Grizz was at bible study today? Next time he’s visiting that big house, tell him to look for us.

  12. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:39 pm on October 5th, 2019

    Grizz!…He is not scheduled ta be up here in daz Big House for quite some timez…snuffle!

  13. Thieve!
    10:41 pm on October 5th, 2019

    We thought we’d try referring to bible study as the big house. They are very similar.

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