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Eudy: Take me out to the ball game

Babe Ruth said, “I hear the cheers when they roared and the jeers when they echoed.”

I wonder what the Babe would have said about the tip of the hat Derek Jeter received during the All-Star Game?

Even Red Sox fans participated.

In the major leagues, a shortstop has to be able to make every play and do it consistently. He has to have a strong, accurate arm for throws to first and he usually has to throw off balance.

Jeter’s “flip to home” to preserve a New York Yankee win over the Oakland Athletics in the 2001 American League Division Series was outstanding.

That combination of fielding skill and anticipation is rare, but Jeter did it all.

One of my sons inherited a framed poster of “Yankees All Time Day, August 8, 1970” when Casey Stengel was the coach.

The lineup was outstanding. Billy Martin played second base; Phil Rizzuto, shortstop; Yogi Berra, catcher; and pitchers Whitey Ford, a left-hander, Allie Reynolds, a right-hander, and Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, both centerfield.

Wow, what a roster. As I looked at that poster, I could see Jeter right there.

This is quoted from the Saturday Evening post: “No one set out to make baseball the great American metaphor. It was merely a game played with a bat and ball under an evolving set of rules. Yet it has endured largely uninterrupted through labor struggles, wars and the upheaval of the civil rights movements.”

This is so true. There is nothing like a baseball game during the summer, with the smell of hot dogs, popcorn and peanuts.

Take your kids, grandkids or a friend out to the ball game and it will make you happy.

Have a comment or column idea for Pat? Email her at pateudy09@carolina.rr.com.

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