Happy 4th of July
to all! Seems like the perfect day
to enjoy freedom, hot dogs, fireworks and baseball. As this blog is titled “The Best of 162,” I find it
necessary to reverse my position for today and share what I believe to be
“The Worst of 162”: Those hideous
red “stars and stripes” caps that all the players are wearing this weekend.
These probably aren’t so bad
if worn with matching colors, but they clash with the majority of teams’
uniforms. We’ve had the Mariners
vs. Red Sox series on TV at my house for much of this weekend, and the red,
white, and blue looks so terrible with the blue and green that I almost want to
look away. Just look at those pictures of the Marlins’ Dan Uggla and the Mariners’ Mark Lowe. Ridiculous. If it’s a team like the
Cardinals or the Angels, it probably isn’t too bad, but I can’t get over it. I’m all for being patriotic, but
perhaps a nice American flag patch on the sleeve could suffice.
But while those caps
symbolize the worst of baseball this weekend, I do know someone who symbolizes the
best: Albert Pujols, of course. Even though I just spent a bunch of time talking about him in my last post, he is worthy of more praise. Albert hit his fourth grand slam of the season last night! He was named the National League player
of the month for the second time this season! Do you think it would be a wise idea to blow some of my birthday money on a Pujols shrine for my room?
Last but not least, today
marks the 70th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in
baseball history. I don’t really
get too emotional over things, but Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech gets me
every time. On July 4, 2009,
Gehrig delivered his famous speech in between games of a doubleheader at Yankee
Stadium. There have been hundreds
of inspiring stories or touching memories over the years in baseball, but to
me, Lou Gehrig’s speech is the best. Do you have a similar memory that reminds you of the “best” of baseball?
We really have been given a
lot to live for. Enjoy the 4th!