Monday Musical Memory: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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My late husband Bill was an avid baseball fan. His favorite team was the Colorado Rockies, and he stood by them always. They lost many games over the last few years of Bill’s life. At the end of a losing game, he was so frustrated sometimes that he would say, “The Rockies are rotten to the core.” At the start of the next game though, his ear was glued to the radio, anticipating the first pitch. Bill’s adoration of this team inspired a character in my new novel, The Red Dress, coming soon.

A year after he passed, I had an opportunity to attend a Colorado Rockies game. I was visiting relatives in Colorado Springs, and my uncle from California, an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan, was also there. He had tickets to see the Dodgers play the Rockies at Coors Field in Denver.

So, I went with him and my uncle and aunt in Colorado Springs, and my cousins from Denver joined us. Because of my limited vision, I couldn’t see much of the action, and I forgot to bring a radio with headphones so I could hear the play-by-play, but since my cousins were Rockies fans, I could tell which team was ahead by who was happy. As the evening wore on, my uncle became more jubilant and my cousins more depressed.

I felt close to Bill, sitting in those stands. If he were still alive, he would have called me a million times from the nursing home to discuss the game and perhaps hear the roar of the crowd over the phone as well as on the radio. If he were actually at the game, he would have stayed till the bitter end, which my California uncle did since the Dodgers were winning, but I left with my Colorado Springs kin soon after the seventh-inning stretch.

Speaking of the seventh-inning stretch, the song I’m singing today is in commemoration of the opening of the National Baseball Hall of Fame eighty years ago on June 12th. The song, which is usually sung at the ballpark during the seventh inning stretch,  was recorded live at Elm Croft, an assisted living facility where I entertain for their monthly birthday parties. I accompanied myself on guitar since a piano wasn’t available. Click the link below to hear it.

 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

 

How about you? Have you ever attended a major or minor or even a little league baseball game? Did your team win?

 

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My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir and am currently working on another novel. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I have a visual impairment and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

15 thoughts on “Monday Musical Memory: Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

  1. Hi Abbie.
    I love how you slip in a little plug for your upcoming book while sharing this lovely memory.
    The only baseball game I ever attended was the Nashville Sounds game. This happened while I attended the Tennessee School for the Blind. I can’t remember who won, but I do remember the boy I snuck under the bleachers with. LOL.
    Nice song and memory.

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  2. Lovely post. It is lovely that you have these memories to look back on to of your time together as well. I am sorry for your loss, and I am pleased you seemed to have many great years together 🙂

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      1. Hi Abbie and all.

        I think what pleases me most about your writing Abbie is that you’re so positive.

        While I’m certain losing Bill like you did and enduring all that came before couldn’t have been easy, you seem to have kept a very positive attitude and don’t seem to be dwelling on the hardship portion of it all.

        I think so many people get wrapped up in their bitterness and what they’ve lost they forget to see the good in it all, and you don’t seem to have done that.

        I’ll be reading your book soon, as I plan to read the latest books of all my clients this year, and considering I have now, 20 active clients which I’m promoting, that’s a task, but I cannot wait to read your story.

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      2. I am so sorry to hear it happened so soon after you got married 😦 life can be cruel at times but it is certainly important to remember all the positives and you seem to so well.

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