By Mike Steffanos
Thanks to a doctor's appointment and a game that was regrettably rescheduled by Mother Nature, I spent a whole day away from the blog for the first time in quite a long while. The day was far from a total washout, however, as the doctor's appointment went well, and the game being rained out didn't keep it from being a great Mets evening.
As I mentioned yesterday, I was meeting Greg Prince from Faith and Fear in Flushing at the game. We've corresponded and left comments on each other's sites a few times, but this was the first time we met in person.
I left my doctor's office for the train station in Fairfield, CT, about 4 pm. I could tell at that time in the way the rain was beginning to pick up in intensity that there was a 50-50 chance that the game would go on. When I rolled into Grand Central Terminal about 5:45 it was looking a little worse. I hopped onto the subway, and when we crossed over to Queens and came above ground, I could see a steady, persistent light rain. Still, I thought to myself that I had seen them play ball on worse days, and tried to keep a good thought. Greg called me on my cell while I was on the subway train and informed me that he was on his way, and that Ed Coleman had said they would still attempt to play the game.
When I exited the subway at Shea Stadium, the rain was coming down much harder, and it started to look more like a rainout. I called Greg, who was on the train coming in from his home, to see what we were going to do, and we decided to meet inside and play it by ear. I no sooner hung up and started walking towards the stadium when people walking the other way informed me the game was washed out. I called Greg back, and we decided to meet at the subway and head back to Grand Central to grab something to eat and talk some baseball.
What followed was one of the more enjoyable conversations on baseball and life that I ever had. I was almost exhausted by the time we got to GCT, but the conversation really revived me, as did the food. I hadn't had time for more than a quick cereal bar all day, and I am not a small person. I made that food disappear pretty quick. For all that, the conversation was even more satisfying. We talked about Mets baseball, and bloggers we respect -- both veteran and rookie. Greg recaps our evening well on his own blog.
The blogging community is something that I'm proud to be a part of, and Greg is one of the very best. I'm convinced that he will be an important baseball writer someday, and I let him know that I'm going to find some way to take credit for his success. Being the generous guy that he is, Greg humored me on this.
I caught the 9:37 train back, and I was feeling happy, but getting quite tired. After I got off the train in Fairfield, I still had a 40 minute ride home. That turned into over an hour thanks to an accident that completely shut down the highway for half an hour. I was sucking wind pretty good by the time I walked into my house after midnight. That's when I saw all of the kind comments and emails people had sent.
Blogging isn't always easy. It takes a lot of time and effort, but the payback is in the sense of community. Great conversation with a fellow blogger, and then some welcome encouragement from some of you. I don't think it gets any better than yesterday.
Sandlot ball is alive and well
Received this email last night:
I was reading online sites about sandlot and thought it was cool when i saw yours. We are a sandlot organization out of St.Louis and have been playing since 1998. We are now high school senior and freshmen in college. We created our field and even made our own website....ENJOY!!! The website also contains pictures.
Kenny [Last name omitted by me]
Commishioner of Weasel Field in South St.Louis
I really got a kick out of some kids who still enjoy baseball the old fashioned way. Thanks, Kenny, for letting me know.
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