A CHRISTMAS BASEBALL FIELD STORY
Not a mower was running because it was dark
The turf was covered with a big green clothe
And I hope Saint Nick would not pull it off.
I had just locked the stadium for a short winters nap
Snapped up my jacket and pulled down my cap
When all of a sudden there came such a clatter
It wasn?t the reindeer but the sound of a batter.
How could that be on Christmas Eve?
It was way to late…I just wanted to leave.
When I looked over the field to my eyes would appear
Some kids riding around on my favorite John Deere.
At first I was mad then I watched them play
When I was a kid I played the same way.
They spoke not a word as they saw me at work
I heard one say ?He?s not such a jerk?.
They parked the tractor back under the cover
And gave me a nod like I was there brother.
No damage done, thank goodness for that
It was just kids, being kids not being brats.
Tis the time to reflect on the past year?s events and the growth of baseball worldwide. What a year for baseball internationally! Kind of glad things are slowing down a bit. 2006 will always be remembered as the "Inaugural Year of the World Baseball Classic." The future of this event looks as bright as the North Star on Christmas Eve. In addition to this event we opened and improved academies in China, Italy, Australia and Opened MLBs First Baseball Academy in Compton, CA. baseball.
In the summer we had the Pre-Olympic Qualifying tournament in Havana, Cuba. Team USA not only clinched the Olympic tournament but also defeated Cuba in a final game in front of 50000 people. At the start of November, the MLB All stars that toured Japan swept the Japan All-stars for the first time ever.
Next year looks even busier with the international game development with plans for exhibition games and academies world wide.
On a personal note I would like to thank readers of this Blog for all of the emails and words of wisdom regarding field developments, grounds keeping questions etc. I enjoy helping develop this game through what I have learned over the years and have had fun sharing those experiences with each of you .
NOW BACK TO THE STORY…
The year was a good one a long one in deed
Nary a mole cricket and hardly a weed.
We had our problems with events and shows
But the field was prepared before anyone would know
The field needs new turf, the groundsman would say
But the GM would respond, Absolutely No Way
The cost is too high and the owner has made cuts
We should be thankful for our jobs that it wasn’t one of us
It takes hard work to grow the grass green
Sometimes we are asked ?do you use a paint machine??
No never, not here, you will tell the man
But that would be a lie to one of your "field" fans.
Be true an honest at whatever you do
Because someone is watching and you never know who
From the holiday season and throughout the New Year
We couldn?t make it without Marks Blogosphere
Now Newman, Now Sanchez, Now Platt and Bloom
Keep off the grass the groundskeeper will fume.
As the New Year starts up spring training begins
Before you know it, baseballs back again.
This season in Europe I will look for a sign
Baseball is coming?Right after tea time.
?As I heard him explain as he flew through the fog
Merry Christmas to everyone on the MLB BLOG!?