Baseball for Love, Not Money
I played hardball in the national Men's Senior Baseball League until 65. I hated to quit but had an eye issue that required it. Played fast pitch softball as a young man in my 20s and 30s, which is a great, fast game. Go to Alpine and take in a game, have a steak at the Reata or the Century Grill in the Holland Hotel. You won't regret it. But the season is short. I think the Pecos League playoffs begin in early August.
The Tigers are just two bats away from becoming a good team again, Chris. One bat to the back of Avila's head and the other to Illitch's. BTW, I was lucky enough to see Stormin' Norman hit one over the right field roof in the old Tiger Stadium. Quite a thrill.
I believe Roger Angell read your article and enjoyed it, as did I.
The story made me laugh and cry at the same time, tears of joy that is.
I just retired from competitive softball last May at the young age of 66-1/2 and do miss it but wanted to go out on my terms while still playing well, Hitting and running were fine but fielding was becoming an adventure and I did not want to quit because of serious injury or worse.
Thank you for the new bucket list item, I have a daughter and grandson in Midland/Odessa time for a road trip and a get together at the ballpark.
We have a few minor league teams up here in Michigan. The most prominent one also featured Stormin Norman Cash in its storied history. We call them the Detroit Tigers. Nice writing Mr Moore.