Monday, June 14, 2010

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Yesterday was the laziest day I've had in years. Dave is recovering from a fall and needed to rest with his feet up, so he sat in his recliner to watch the NCAA baseball super-regionals and ended up sleeping all afternoon and part of the evening. Then he slept all night as well. Life of the party, my husband. :D But that was just what he needed. He felt much better today.

I got a few chores done, then sank into my recliner with relief. It was hot and humid, which my lungs don't like. Occasionally it would rain hard for 10 or 15 minutes, refreshing for a while, and then muggy again. So, I just relaxed to enjoy the baseball games too.

One nice thing about these games is that many of the players have been drafted by the majors so you get to see them before they get big money and big heads. College baseball athletes play their hearts out so you see some spectacular catches in the outfield, close double-plays, exciting grand slam home runs, and great fans with weird outfits, chants, and loud colors. We enjoyed the NCAA softball world series recently for the same reasons.

We hardly ever watch professional baseball these days; perhaps because of the steroid scandals and whining from players who make such astounding money to play a game. We also are painfully aware of how much it costs to attend a game in person. I don't know how people can afford to take their kids to games now; I know it's difficult for us to buy tickets even for the nosebleed section. It's a lot of fun, but we're satisfied at this point to see a minor league game in Binghamton or Scranton.

I think college sports are more fun anyway, especially when the students are big fans of the sport. If we move south some day, one of my "must haves" is going to be proximity to a large college or university with an active athletic program - definitely football and basketball and hopefully baseball, softball, swimming, etc. For now, satellite television will just have to do.

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