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December 29, 2018

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Wow! Enjoyed this poem so much. Especially the cascading ending.

Me, too! (Hi, Angela!) The only good thing about being an old fogey is you get to go back in time to when "things were done better." Except sometimes they really were! I was remembering these two games (and Gibson, and Spahn, and even Jack Morris and Johnny Podres) when I was watching the Astros beat the Dodgers, 13-12 in ten innings, in Game Five of the 2017 WS. Kershaw (Kershaw!!!) lasted not even five innings, gave up 6 earned runs. Six! That was almost a whole season for Sandy! (Old fogeys get to exaggerate, too, because, you know, they're old.) That's not baseball, I snorted in disgust, that's pinball. "Pinball?" my daughter asked. "Shouldn't you be in bed?" I said. I can't wait until the Kentucky Derby comes around in May. I always pull up the films of Secretariat winning the Belmont. Sigh ...

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