An anecdote for whatever ails ya’

The other night newly-minted sixth grader Sam and I were at a New Orleans Zephyrs game, enjoying an evening of decent AAA baseball. Mr. Baseball (Sam) had asked me to explain a quirky play that we had just seen, and I did my best to do so. Sam continued to watch the continuing action as I spoke, his eyes never leaving the field. I asked him if my explanation made sense.

“Well, in my defense…”

“What do you mean, ‘in my defense’?” I interrupted quizzically.

“That’s what I say to kids at school when the accuse me of things.”

“Annnnnnd…..what, exactly, do they accuse you of?”

Eyes still glued to game action below, he didn’t miss a beat: “Being devilishly handsome without a license.”

His deadpan delivery was punctuated by the thud of pitched ball hitting catcher’s glove.

“Being devilishly handsome without a license?”

“Yep.” Just a hint of a smile appeared at the corner of his mouth.

“Just plead guilty and pay the fine.”


Play ball.


2 thoughts on “An anecdote for whatever ails ya’

  1. Troy Bettinger May 31, 2010 / 10:10 am

    You go Sam!

    Given Mark’s historical baseball interest, it is interesting to note the history of the home team:

    New Orleans Zephyrs (1993–Present)
    Denver Zephyrs (1985–1992)
    Denver Bears (1955–1984)

    From Wikipedia:

    The Denver Bears had some good teams from the 1970s to the mid-1980s, producing such players as Tim Wallach, Warren Cromartie, Tim Raines, Graig Nettles, Terry Francona, Pat Rooney, and Bill Gullickson. Denver players Richie Scheinblum, Cliff Johnson, Roger Freed, Frank Ortenzio, and Randy Bass were league MVPs. The managing careers of both Billy Martin and Felipe Alou began with the Bears. The team won the Association’s championship with some regularity, topping the league in 1971, 1976, 1977, 1981, and 1983.

    In 1985, the team name was changed to the Denver Zephyrs, after the famous passenger train. Barry Larkin was league MVP while with the Zephyrs, as were Greg Vaughn, Jim Olander, and Jim Tatum. ESPN broadcaster Orestes Destrade also played for the Zephyrs. Under the new nickname, the franchise took the 1991 pennant.

    The Denver Zephyrs lasted eight seasons. Then in 1993, the Major Leagues arrived in Denver with the Colorado Rockies expansion team of the National League and it was time to find a new home for the Zephyrs.

    See more:

    So what was the quirky play?


    • poetluckerate June 2, 2010 / 1:37 pm

      To add to the baseball symmetry, while growing up in Minnesota in the 60’s, the Denver Bears were the AAA farm team of the Twins. Then we moved to Denver, I eventually left, as did the Zephyrs – both of us ending up in New Orleans.


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