Today is the day to say goodbye to baseball. Can you hear the shouts of "The Yankees are Coming, The Yankees are coming?" It's not that I don't like baseball, it's just that I don't enjoy watching a television that bounces between baseball, basketball, and football with the rapidity and speed of a tennis ball bouncing between courts. The one sport being over for the season really does make a difference. My husband actually sits with the remote in his hand so the minute there is a commercial break he can hit every channel showing a game and get all the scores before the break is over. Throw in the fact that the "World Series of Poker" is on and we are now down to nine players and we have a slide show going on the t.v. at 3 second intervals between pictures.
In all actuality the only sport I watch on television is football and that is just for the Super Bowl. The only reason I watch the Super Bowl is for the commercials. My idea of a sport is Shopping and I'll tell you why. Shopping is a contact sport. You know this if you have ever shopped on "black friday" and had to fight over the latest toys at Walmart at 5:00 a.m. Shopping is good for upper body strength. Case in point: my last shopping excursion I carried such heavy packages that at one point one of the bags broke in the middle of the mall. By the time I got my purchases to the car my arms felt like I'd been carrying 150 lbs of free weights thru a circus trying to avoid children while trying to get to the end without hurting anyone in the process. Shopping is a mental game. It takes focus to be able to keep track of what you've purchased and what you have left to buy. It also takes focus to keep track of where the best deals are. Shopping is good for the lower body as if you do it correctly you will be walking or standing for at least 10 hours with few breaks.
So you see when you play ball you have to wear the same outfit every time and all you potentially get for it is a trophy you have to share and a ring that you may never wear. When you shop you get to wear different things every time and you have many things (clothes, shoes and cute accessories) to show for it.
So goodbye baseball. Enjoy your few months off. Design some new uniforms maybe for next season. Get a pedicure you would be amazed at how good your feet will feel afterward. And take those poker players with you to the gym please. Those men sit there for hours at a time. Their bums are numb and they haven't stretched their legs in days. Their eyes are looking a little glassy too. I'm not sure they have seen sunlight for months. They need the fresh air and sunlight. Thank you for a great season.