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Kentucky Color: Watch the ball

'Baseball' epitomizes the definition of pastime
For next earlier Kentucky Color, see Kentucky Color: Call home, ET

By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry

Saturday was a beautiful day to enjoy the out of doors and participate in the great American pastime, baseball. The definition of pastime is "an activity that occupies one's spare time pleasantly". On a great spring day after a particularly long, dreary, snowy, and cold winter; baseball certainly epitomizes the definition of pastime.



Being at the game Saturday also brought back pleasant memories of Dad taking me to games at the Fairgrounds on Saturdays during the late 50s and early 60s. We would watch those young heroic gladiators take the field in competition against teams from far away places like Edmonton, Burkesville, and Russell Springs. Billy Parsons, Marshall Loy, Doyle and Leon Claywell are some of the names that come to mind.

At any rate, Campbellsville came out on top against both Cumberland County and South Laurel. For those of you who have family participating in activities you can understand how pleasing it can be to see them and their teams compete and of course, the icing on the cake, win.

For those who have ever participated in or watched any kind of youth baseball will recognize the mantra "watch the ball."

Everytime a little one fails to make contact with a swing the same chorus rings out from coaches, team mates, parents and grandparents:
  • "WATCH THE BALL"

  • "YOU CAN'T HIT IT IF YOU DON'T SEE IT"

  • and "WATCH IT ALL THE WAY TO THE BAT".
Many times "honey" and "baby" will be heard amongst the din of instruction and encouragement from outside the fence.

Hayden Neal, the oldest of my and Libby's four grandchildren, is proving that he learned that lesson well by watching the ball dust off his behind as he "took one for the team" during their game with South Laurel.

The author, Billy Joe Fudge, is a Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry, (270) 250-2239.


This story was posted on 2010-03-28 09:48:09
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Kentucky Color: Watch the ball



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