Saturday, April 11, 2009
The above was said by Chico Escuela, former baseball player with the New York Mets (or so it was told) portrayed by Garrett Morris on the original Saturday Night Live. Chico was famous for saying "Beisbol been berry, berry good to me". The Mets actually featured him at their 1979 Old Timers Day game for a giggle.
First off, if you've been visiting my blog for awhile, you've noticed I've changed the colors. Some may think it's too bright or gaudy, but I will be keeping these colors until sometime in November, after the Mets celebrate their World Series win with the parade down the part of lower Broadway known as the Canyon of Heroes.
Baseball has been a part of my life ever since I can remember (growing up as the only girl with 2 older brothers and a dad who was a big baseball fan). However, my baseball world grew enormously with the introduction of the internet. As there are with just about any subject you can think of, there are tons of websites for baseball fans, both generic and team-oriented. On many of these sites, there are message boards where fans can "talk" and comment. I participate in a few (surprise, surprise). Occasionally, for one reason or another, one poster will contact another privately, usually with a specific question, which has happened to me on a few occasions. Sometimes, once the initial discussion is over, you'll continue interacting with the person, which normally starts with the person telling a little about themselves. For a reason totally unknown to me, every time this has happened to me, the person on the other end has been a young lady in her 20's. As soon as I've learned that information, I've let them know that I'm old enough to be their mother. And, thankfully, they all wanted to continue our correspondence. From there, some of the girls started corresponding with each other and, before you knew it, we had our own little girlie group of Mets fans. Eventually, I was dubbed the "Mets Mama," which I love. I've personally met 6 of them, a few at Shea, one at Dodgertown in Vero Beach and a couple of us met for a night in the city. I'm not really sure what they get out of it, but it's been great for me. I love today's generation of 20-something females. They seem to just know themselves so much better than I did when I was their age and are much more self-assured. I have to admit, I cannot imagine, when I was their age, being friends with someone old enough to be my mom. Of course, times have changed and so many mothers and daughters are truly friends, which wasn't the case for my generation. But I'm glad times have changed. So you see, if it weren't for "beisball" and the internet, I would be missing a large, fun, important part of my life. As Chico said so eloquently "Beisball HAS been very, very good to me."