Great Day to You, Friday Fun Facters!
Happy Birthday!: Friday Fun Fact Member, and new mom, Andrea Beyer!
Happy Birthday & Our Condolences!: Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate a birthday milestone. Let us all raise a glass & bow our heads as Friday Fun Fact Member Amy Farver moves into the older generation this week, turning 39+1 (Special Note I: We were not legally permitted by Mrs. Farver’s lawyers to print her real age, hence the documented workaround in the previous sentence as permitted by law.). We hope, Amy, that you enjoyed your youth as much as any one person could. We do express our gratitude and sincere thanks for your years of service in babysitting your husband & Friday Fun Fact member, Hal Farver. Great Luck in your transitional phase. And, as a special birthday gift to you, we say this but once for the record, in hopes that it helps brighten your day:
(Special Note II: All other transmissions to Mrs. Amy Farver will express support for the team opposing UK in sporting events.)
Pieces of Hope for Autism:
If you live in the Greater Cleveland area, please stop by Panera Bread in the next few days (Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 22 and by an autism cookie or three. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Center for Autism, a very worthy cause:
The Friday Fun Fact team was honored earlier this year to present a special episode on Autism. Please know that we received an amazing amount of response to this episode, and hence we take this commercial break solely for the purpose of our viewership for which this literally hits home.
Here we are again – at the beginning of another baseball season.
The off-season acquisitions are done making the news, Spring Training is over, and the final cuts have sent the unfortunate back to the minors.
At the major league ballparks, the grass is cut, the chalk lines are dropped, and the concession stands are poised and ready to take your order.
The teams are heading towards the regular season with the promise of a new year and fresh opportunity to win a pennant and championship ring.
That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it – the promise?!
The symbolic end of winter.
“What does three up, three down mean to you?”
“End of an inning.”
Goooooooooooood Morniiing, Basebaaaaaaall!
We all hope that our home team that represents our dreams for a championship can start anew, and be competitive enough to cause excitement at the ballpark and in the standings – that keep us wishing & dreaming of a pennant.
This year, almost like no other, it feels like everyone is ready for baseball to bring on the change of seasons. Not because this winter was particularly difficult weather-wise for most of us, but because, maybe, we see those crystalized moments of summer days coming on.
Iced tea in the shade on a summer day after mowing the lawn; firing up the grill at a picnic celebration; staring at the stars on clear July night…
A bunch of us made our yearly Opening Day pilgrimage… to BW3 to watch the game.
Yes, it’s more of an adventure to head the ballpark on Opening Day, BUT with our extended list of responsibilities, it’s easier to coordinate to get us to the local pub. And besides, the beer is cheaper (somewhat), and the lines at the bathroom are shorter!
What we were treated to was the hometown team dueling the visiting team in the longest Opening Day game ever in terms of innings played – 16. Unfortunately, that was due to a blown save in the ninth inning, followed by an inopportune offense in extra innings, AAAANNND heartbreak…
As my friend closes his eyes with every disappointing opportunity becoming a swing and miss, and bangs his head on the table, we all cry out:
“JUST WAIT ‘TIL NEXT YEAR!”
Long summer days, the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, and the thrill of victory…
To paraphrase the immortal words of Jim Steinman, brought to us by Meat Loaf, three out of four ain’t bad…
We can just about smell the popcorn, hot dogs, and apple pie. And we can definitely hear the cracking open of a longneck bottle… or three!
Welcome back, baseball…
Tunes of the Week:
Take Me Out To The Ball Game – Jack Norworth
Centerfield – John Fogerty
Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – Meat Loaf
Cheap Seats –Alabama
Talkin’ Baseball – Terry Cashman
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
Raise A Victorious Glass!
May Your Friday Be Followed By A Long Summer Saturday!
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