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by Alan Babbitt

This is a true story of a boy growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950’s. It’s about the joy of 1st love and the heartbreak of loss. It’s about reflection, renewal and re-connection. It's got a humorous, surprise ending! Oh, yeah, it’s also about Baseball.
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Baseball is like comfort food to me.

Growing up in the ‘50’s, it seemed like there was always a ball game on. My dad would listen as he did the weekend projects around the house.

We lived in Brooklyn, so naturally we were Dodger fans. In those days they would often make it to the World Series only to be beaten by the hated Yankees. To this day, I dislike pinstripes.

But as a young lad, I loved the Dodgers. Back then, we had heroes, and mine was the slugging center fielder Duke Snider (#4).

Now and then, my Dad would take me to Ebbets field to see a game in person. Mom would always make egg salad sandwiches. Why egg salad? I have no idea. We never had it any other time. Maybe it was an ancient Biblical Law “When thou goest to the ballyard, thou shalt eat egg salad.”

Then in 1955, the unthinkable happened. The Dodgers finally beat the Yankees to win the World Series for the 1st time! Brooklyn went nuts! My heart was filled with joy and pride. And for the next few years, as I grew, so did my affection for the home team.

But 2 years later, the unthinkable happened again! Only this time, it was horrible! Dem Bums were leaving! Moving to California! Again Brooklyn went nuts! Only this time, it was angst. For me, it was like losing my first love. No wait! It WAS losing my first love. I was unable to trust another team.

Decades later, still wary of commitment, I began to yearn for the sound of baseball in the background as I did the weekend projects around the house. If no one was home, I’d guiltily watch a few innings on TV. Once I even watched part of a game in public – though I don’t think anyone saw me.

Before long I began following the San Francisco Giants and, gasp, actually caring about how they did!

Now, in a fully committed relationship, I watch most games on TV and go to 8 or 10 each year. Best of all, this mature love gives me a 2nd reason to enthusiastically root against our biggest rival – the hated Dodgers!!!

Baseball is like comfort food to me.



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