I’m not sure that I ever really take a break from baseball, but during this year’s All Star Break, I seem to have had more breathing room to get caught up on things (and obviously, I let this blog slide . . . sorry). The Home Run Derby was fairly boring. That’s probably one of those things you have to be there to truly enjoy. The game itself was pretty ordinary although I enjoyed the accolades and celebration of Jeter’s career. He’s a class act. The other class act that was surprisingly left out was Tony Gwynn. To me, those 2 guys are part of the generation of old fashioned, nice guy players who represented the game well both on and off the field. I like to think that many of the current Giants players have similar qualities and will be thought of that way as their careers wane.
So having the week off, and with the Giants out of town for another week, I’ve played catch-up but still have baseball around me so I’m never far from the game I love. When I do my laundry, I use a baseball knob to pull open the doors to the laundry room. I found these at Target many years ago, and wish I’d bought more. But if I had, they’d be on every drawer and cabinet in my house. A little over-kill maybe? As you can see, it looks like a real baseball so it makes it more fun to do my laundry. Which often includes a number of Giants shirts if the team is in town.
I also can’t help but walk by my bobble head hutch that sits between the living and dining room. Actually, my downstairs is fairly small and this display case is right in the middle of it. I’ll occasionally rearrange the statues, depending on that’s going on with the team, and I try to move the players who have left to the back of the display. My friend Julia rearranges her diorama at the beginning and then throughout the course of every season to make sure she’s providing the right mojo to the team. She’s a gamer!
It’s fun to walk by and look at mine. I also have various photos of favorite members of the Giants family, like Mays holding his bat and Kruk and Kuip sharing a joke. People have given me items to add to this display — a Cain bobble head from the Great Race given by cousins Lance and Danielle, and a Giants beer stein from my mother’s friend Rosalie. I’ll take them all!
As I leave the house, I walk by my hat rack that holds most, but not all, of my Giants hats. I’m not sure why I have so many . . . maybe because each season or set of seasons is special? I retired my Bonds-era hat with the many ‘home run – I was there!’ pins next to the larger ‘Road to History – 756′ pin. The 2010 and 2012 hats are in a special place, and this year’s hat will probably be retired at the end of the season too. I got it at Spring Training and it has the new monthly bobble head pins on it in addition to some really special Spring Training pins and my favorite – my Gamer Babe pin. That one will have life on future hats, that’s for sure. I enjoy reliving each season by reviewing the pins — each hat tells a story.
So even with the break, I’m never far from baseball and the team. It’s always a long Non-Baseball season every year, so a lengthy All Star break gets me prepared for that.
I’d love to hear what some of you did with your All Star break — did you miss baseball, or was it a welcome relief? Share your ideas — it may help the rest of us get through those lonely non-baseball nights.
Next up: Rally Caps!