Both of my grandfathers, like many Major League Baseball players, fought in WWII. Thankfully, both made it through safely and returned to become parents to my parents, leading long lives as veterans. My sister-in-law's brother is in active duty in the Army, and has safely traveled to and from all areas of the world. Unfortunately, a second cousin whom I never met lost his life in Vietnam, deeply affecting my paternal Great Uncle, who never recovered from the loss.
It isn't just those who fight but those who love the people fighting who make these great sacrifices. Whatever you do today: travel, BBQ, lie around in the AC, don't forget about our men and women in uniform, especially those who lost their lives in service, and the family members who want nothing more than the safety of their loved ones who fight for the safety of all Americans.
I'm a big fan of soldiers - what, me a fan of strong, fit men who do what they are told? - and wish them all a happy, healthy day and a quick return home. Be safe, ladies and gentlemen!
Happy Birthday to our dearest darling, DHAB, who turned the big 2-5 yesterday and attended the Yankees game with Scottie to celebrate.
DHAB, as shot in Section 203 on 5/14/11 (Image/me)
I couldn't attend the game with the high school sweethearts - I am the world's greatest 3rd wheel - because I was en route from DC, but I watched the end in my half-awake state from home. When the Yankees caught up 3-4 in the 8th, I had hope for the win, which came, in walk-off style, when Teix hit a single and drove in Grandy, who had hit an RBI-double during his at-bat, ending the game 5-4 Yankees.
And you know what that means...my AJ Pie hit Teix in the face with one of his shaving cream pies, although he kinda missed him and got the side of his head and shoulder. Whatever. Still hot.
Pie in the face (Image/AP)
Double Hat Action Bronson likes this. YBG does too.
I went to the final of the vs. Royals game with Ash, Adrienne and her little brother, Evan. We were cold, to the point where my hands hurt, we were paying too much for beer and the fielding sucked. As I tweeted, over and over, I blame Nunez for his utter inability to catch or throw the ball, or even stay upright, and Nova for the sub-par pitching.
The bright spot for me? Cervi, getting that two run double in the 6th (?). For the rest of the game, Ash and I cheered loudly for our Venezulian Italian hero and at one point, I may or may have yelled out Double Hat Action Bronson's phone number to him while he was batting. Has he called yet, Rach?
By the end of the game, there were three other people in our section, including one, loud and fun guy who was heckling everyone on both teams. Equal opportunity!
I have pics, but this comp doesn't have a memory card slot so I'll get 'em up eventually. Maybe. You know me.
Back tonight for vs. B*ston. Here's hoping Colon can keep his balls in line, Jeter is back at shortstop and Nunez is as far from the Bronx as possible. I hear the Chinese leagues need players...
Both shot while attending Yankees vs. White Sox with the lovely Janelle on Thursday, April 28.
Dugout Camera Expedition (Ok, stalking) provided fruitful with this shot (Image/me)
Pretty sunset on a cool April night (Image/me)
This game was especially great, and not just because the Yankees won or that I got to spend some quality time with Janelle (or that I got two marigold seed packets) but that the Yankees scored their first run in the game without getting a hit; Brett Brett was walked in by Teix, after the bases were loaded with walks.
Walk it in, Brett Brett (Image/me)
No hits but it didn't matter after all those bases on balls (Image/me)
Double Hat Action Bronson, seen here riding on the 4 train after attending the Yankees vs. Blue Jays game on April 29th with me and Ash, loves Cervelli. She likes an Italian boy and she likes a Yankee, so the adorable #29 #17 is a natural choice to be the center of her baseball player affection.
Today, Cervelli hit his first career grand slam and his second career homerun. Damn. I hope this is a trend that continues so we can see him squatting behind home plate more often. Or even keep him in Pinstripes.
Cervelli was the man today (Image/me)
According to ESPN, Cervelli didn't realize the bases were loaded, which is totally adorable. Cervelli's dedicated the hit to his mother who was in Venezuela but, I have a feeling that he also hit it for Action Bronson, who grinned from ear to ear when she watched him drive the ball to center after fighting with a 3-2 count.
Just after Cervelli's monumental hit, Jeter smashed a two-run shot out of the park, his 2nd homer in the game, bringing himself and Brett Brett in to score. Jeter ultimately went 4 for 6 with a stolen base in the 5th.
The Cap'n made it happ'n (Image/me)
Double Hat Action Bronson and YBG would also like to wish Bleacher Creature Dave a happy birthday. He is super old, but at least he got to see the Yankees win on his birthday. Oh, and Happy Mother's Day, Mom! Love you!