When I was a kid, our pastor would give free baseball tickets out to students who got really good grades…except he only gave them to the boys. I always had top grades and never got a free ticket I don’t hold it against Father though, he had his idiosyncrasies and my mother had a big tiff with him once over some parish stuff, but I miss having pastors like him around.
I became a baseball fan anyway because of my dad, except he was an Oakland A’s fan because he used to live and work in the area of Kansas City when they were the Kansas City A’s, and they were the nearest local team. So he had been following them for decades before they became the powerhouse team in the 70s. Every year he’d get me to help him fill out his All Star Game ballot. I remember some contest also where you had to pick which player would make the most memorable play in an upcoming game and he picked Reggie Jackson and that was the game where Reggie hit the ball out of the park, and we won a lot of professional bats and balls and equipment in the contest.
The first time the Indians got in the Series in the 90s, I took my mom to a game. (Dad had passed away before then.) It was a big deal because there were no online Stubhub type places to buy from so I had to telephone a broker and pay a lot of money, but we sure had fun at that game, which the Tribe also won. I went to several of the Series games last year including the last one. On the last plays when it looked like the Indians might pull ahead, I just couldn’t watch. I was praying Hail Marys on my Miraculous Medal and Slider the mascot saw me and started miming praying. LOL. I hope this is our year. We broke an A’s record! That’s pretty exciting to me. Dad would roll over in his grave.