Sunday, May 6, 2012

Marriage, Baseball, And A German Chick?

This is a nice little article I found in the Sunday edition of the Augusta (GA) Chronicle. To be honest, I rarely read the newspaper. I only buy it on Sundays, and that's for the coupons and ads. The rest of the papers, I buy 4 of them for the coupons, goes to the recycling bin.

This morning, though, an article caught my eye, "Marriage has many things in common with baseball". I've always preferred baseball over other sports, it's really the only sport I follow. When I relate that to the fact that I've been married to the same woman for 27 years, it's goes to show where my passions lie. The author ends the article with the ultimate comparison between marriage and baseball - choose a team and stick with it.

But when I first glanced at the heading, I had very different thoughts before reading it. The "Bad News Bears" came out in 1976 when I was growing up; it was my last year of Little League. A bunch of bad kids who share a common fascination for the game. Their coaches are washed up, but their bonds cause them to grow into better people by the end of the summer. We could only hope that our marriages fair as well.

In 2005, "Bad News Bears" was re-booted. One of my favorite actors was the lead, Billy Bob Thornton.  He's a washed up baseball player, now a drunken dead beat dad. He's crude, and his heart's not in it. But as the season goes on he realizes this group of misfits has great potential, and he slowly reaches inside himself to bring out the man and the player he should have been.  In his attempt to tell some of the kids that maybe baseball wasn't their forte', or rather they were not very good, he makes a very funny comparison.

"Baseball's hard, guys. I mean, it really is. You can love it but, believe me, it don't always love you back. It's kind of like dating a German chick, you know?" Source IMBD

Read full article at Marriage has many things in common with baseball | The Augusta Chronicle

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