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childhood memories

Posted 04-12-2009 at 11:15 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 04-12-2009 at 06:43 PM by TommyJohn

Posting my baseball fan fiction (the stuff I managed to write) has got me to thinking about my childhood. Like many, I fantasized when I was a kid about being a major league baseball player. I wanted to be so many guys at once that I clearly recall coming up with a few different versions of myself.

One was an outfielder for the Cubs from 1947-67 and the White Sox from 1968-75. Yes, nearly 30 years. I was very young then, and had no idea of course about how long a major league career could possibly go. I also rooted for both the Cubs and Sox back then, so I envisioned myself as a star for both teams. I can't remember if I got along with Ron Santo, though.

One thing I did do-when I would wear my red White Sox helmet (later my navy blue one) I would swing my bat and imitate Harry Caray as I was making the call. "There's a long drive, way back, it might be out of here!" I would yell, in as close an imitation of Caray's voice as my high-pitched squeak could manage.

Another version of me played outfield for the Yankees in the same span of time. I have no idea why I fixed myself on 1947, it seemed to be a magical year for a little kid, I guess.

What I would do is put on my batting helmet, take my bat and pretend I was stepping in against a pitcher from that era, then talk to myself as I slammed a giant home run in Comiskey Park or Yankee Stadium. Funny, I always preferred to play by myself. It drew sneers from the neighborhood folks (keep in mind I was a kid). One ass**** once asked me "do you ever pretend that you get hurt?" And this bastard was an adult, our next door neighbor. I once saw him about a year ago, he's all bent over and old. I still remember what the guy said to me, because back when he did, it felt to me like he would've enjoyed seeing me get hurt. That's how I felt anyway.
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