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Crying is not allowed

One of the first rules in life I think which stuck with me was there’s no crying in beisbol.

After thinking about things for a little bit, it definitely was one of the firsts, but probably not the first.

Beisbol, or rather baseball, is just a slang term for the grand old game on the world wide web.

Truly, I think the first rule of life I can recall with vivid memory is having my grandmother allow me to pick my own “switch” for my youthful misdeeds.

There’s nothing better than heading out of the house, sliding back the screen door and waltzing out to find your own punishment stick.

The behavior of young lads is always in need of direct supervision.

I guess one could say I found that out the hard way.

I tried to be a smart guy once and picked out, or maybe I just broke it off a tree, what I knew was a flimsy switch. Let’s just say that wasn’t one of my brighter ideas of all time.

Lesson learned, but never forgotten.

Perhaps one could liken it to the World Series champion Houston Astros of 2017.

Who says cheaters never prosper?

Tongue in cheek of course, but the more I talk with folks about the ongoing implosion of American society and the continued pandemic, there truly doesn’t appear to be a lot of answers currently available.

A lot of people, like myself, are used to having sports at their beckon call.

That includes Ohio Valley University head baseball coach Chad Porter.

“I’ve tried to listen to as many podcasts as I could possibly listen to with baseball guys and watching reruns of games I really, really enjoyed watching,” Porter noted.

Porter obviously is enjoying time with his family like a lot of people are, but there’s something missing.

“There’s definitely a baseball, a Major League Baseball void or turning on sports,” Porter admitted. “But at the same time, this time of year has given me and most baseball coaches and people in general just a lot of perspective. There’s a lot more to life than this game.

“You better cherish it because people are unfortunately sick. If it’s not coronavirus, it’s something else. Life is short. Being able to play and coach baseball and impact young men’s lives, that’s a gift, because it could end in a minute. A lot of life lessons right now.”

One of those life lessons also belongs to Roane County head softball coach Sam Salvucci, who kind of wants to cry.

A week ago Monday he watched the replay of the 1960 World Series on AT&T SportsNet where Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski hit a walk-off homer in Game 7 to defeat the New York Yankees.

“I had fun watching that for three hours and watching Maz hit that dinger,” Salvucci said. “I was in seventh grade and we all went crazy. Besides that, I can’t watch replays of college football and college basketball games.

“(The wife) keeps watching The Lone Ranger and Tonto. I can only watch so many cowboy shows and people getting shot, driving me crazy.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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