When I was learning to talk, my parents asked, “Who’s the best baseball player in the world?” I would reply, “Pee Wee Reese.” Later, from 1960-1965, I was a devoted Saturday viewer of the CBS Game of the Week, called by Reese (1918-1999) and Dizzy Dean (1910-1974).
I became a Braves fan when they were in Milwaukee. I still remember their 1957 and 1958 World Series against the Yankees. In recent years, the only games I’ve watched on TV have been the World Series. So, baseball isn’t a pastime for me, but rather something that’s in my past time.
The short 2020 season has begun. Dr. Anthony Fauci, 79, threw out the “first pitch” at the Nationals/Yankees game on Thursday, proving that basketball is his first sport. It was widely noted that Dr. Fauci, a good sport, doesn’t want anybody to catch anything, and that he managed to “flatten the curve.”
Until fans can safely return to the stands, here’s a video to remember what a full stadium of cheering fans feels like: Vin Scully’s call of Kirk Gibson’s pinch hit appearance against Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series, as well as their conversation about it 30 years later.