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The Minor Leagues Gave Me the American Pasttime

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Once upon a time in Macon, Georgia, the Braves played at Luther Williams Field. No, not the Major League team that's been firmly ensconced in Atlanta for my lifetime at least, but the minor league team. Not long before the team moved north to Rome (also Georgia), my father and uncle took me to see my first, and so far only, minor league game. The day was blisteringly hot and Macon is perilously near the state's gnat-line, but our seats were in the shaded part of the stands.

 

For background, all my life, my family has loved baseball with a weird, almost religious fervor that they reserve for...nothing else. It's uncanny. It's also something that somehow got skipped in my part of our genetic code. I could love watching the game with my grandfather, for instance, but I could not find my love of the game itself. But that day in Macon, I did feel something, possibly brought on by the unique gusto with which minor league players play the game. Perhaps heat exhaustion. Nevertheless, despite having watched many Braves games in Atlanta, I found myself drawn to the action on the field like I never had been before. To the abandon. To the drama. To the pathos of a team soon bound for another city, far from their fans and familiar Luther Williams.

 

I learned to appreciate the beauty and spirit of baseball that day, if only for a little while.

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  • Re: The Minor Leagues Gave Me the American Pasttime
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    parrottri,

     

    That is a wonderful story!

     

    I happen to love Macon, and have worked at the large exhibition hall along I-75.  There are a couple of Marriott's there, and the "Georgia hospitality" is wonderful!

     

    I try not to take the I-75 bypass, but enjoy actually driving thru the city.

     

    South Georgia, is very special, and the "High School Football Games" are some of the best in the country!  ( ie, Valdosta, and all!}

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  • Re: The Minor Leagues Gave Me the American Pasttime
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    Baseball is a game played slowly, with great moments and great interludes when almost nothing is happening.  I've loved the game a long time.

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    • Re: The Minor Leagues Gave Me the American Pasttime
      jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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      anadyr,

       

      The late Jack Buck, said broadcasting a baseball game was the most difficult for an announcer!  To much "Dead time", but he was one of the best!

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        Good old Joe, what a guy.   Now with stats people, moving graphics, multiple cameras, and a color guy, the main announcer only has to call balls and strikes.

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          jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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          anadyr,

           

          Yes so true!

           

          We are getting a bridge built here over the Mississippi that will be dedicated to Stan Musial!

           

          Well deserved and should be a very special bridge.

           

          Have you ever heard of anyone saying anything "Negative" about "Stan the Man"?

           

          Wille Mays, Wille McCovey, Hank Aaron, go down the list of "Non-controversial" true stars!

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