With the cancelation of the latter part of the winter sports season and the entire spring campaign, we missed out on the many sights, sounds and happenings we have become so accustomed to over the past number of years.
High school baseball and softball, plus track and field and Little League were just a few of the activities we all lost out on – as participants and as fans. We missed cheering our high school heroes, plus those at the collegiate and professional levels.
Let’s see if we can bring back some of those memories that will, hopefully, return to us this fall and next year.
“Please rise and remove your caps for the playing of our National Anthem.”
“Captains to home plate.”
Ping … base hit up the middle.
“Runners take your marks.”
Historic Bowman Field and it’s metal bleachers.
“Hi, I’m Howie Rose;” his trademark greeting at the start of a Mets’ radio broadcast.
“And down the stretch they come.”
The Sunday Night Game of The Week.
“Get out your fifty-fifty tickets.”
The Northern Tier League podcast.
“It is high, it is far, it is …. gone.”
Watching the horses run at Tioga Downs.
The Blue-White Game.
The white interlocking NY of a New York Yankee baseball cap.
“Hey, hot dogs here.”
“Set the bar at 10 feet.”
Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
“Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd.”
District IV playoff brackets.
“And it’s out of here.”
The Lasagna Invitational in Wyalusing.
The call to the track.
“Now batting for the Mets.”
Post-game refreshments and analysis.
The Home Run Derby.
The fastest two minutes in sports ... The Kentucky Derby.
Road trips to Scranton and Binghamton for minor league baseball games.
The sound of a starter’s pistol.
“Soda here, get your ice cold soda here.”
High School Alma Maters.
“Now pitching for the Yankees.”
The bell lap.
“Welcome to the Magic Dome.”
The champion of a weight class.
Back home again in Indiana and the Indy 500.
The seventh-inning stretch.
The presenting of District Four medals.
The NTL Game of the Week.
“Welcome to New York Mets baseball.”
Pre-game batting practice.
The passing of the baton.
Listening to a ballgame on the radio at night with a cold refreshment.
Fantasy League Drafts.
“It is high, it is far, it is … caught in front of the left-field fence.”
NTL All-Star teams.
The passing of the hat at Little League games.
The drives to Williamsport.
Cheeseburgers and fries for the drive home.
Sitting in the bleachers or a lawn chair for any sporting event.
SPORTS PEN BACK AT FULL STRENGTH: The Sports Pen was forced to take a mini-vacation as we took care of some recent health issues. I’m off the 15-day DL, back at the work desk, and feeling stronger every day – what a long, strange trip it’s been. I missed sharing my thoughts with everyone and look forward to contributing to the Valley Sports Report on a regular basis.
Many thanks to Mickey Fox for his contributions to this list.
And don’t forget to give your pet an extra hug tonight.
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