Reid Harris Cooper (lordrexfear) wrote,
Reid Harris Cooper
lordrexfear

Three Strikes You're Out!

Everything I know about pitching, hitting, running, stealing base, fast balls, curve balls, intentional walks, brushbacks, homeruns, sliding, slipping, tripping, I know because I watch movies. I've been to one single baseball game in my life. I didn't pay attention. I was bored out of my skull. I never paid attention when it was on television. Yet, that doesn't mean I don't have my favorite players or my favorite teams. Okay I have four favorite teams... the Cleveland Indians (1), the Durham Bulls (2), the Hackensack Bulls (3) and the New York Knights (4). I hate the Chicago Cubs because they let a little kid play for them... a little kid (5). I mean Sam Malone (6) is great and all, so the Boston Red Sox (making it five) too but I think his bar is way better than anything he ever did in baseball.

If it wasn't for the motion pictures I might not even have ever heard of the game called a national pastime that has so much regulation, confounding rules and metaphors for life. I probably would still though. It's almost nigh impossible to miss. Catcher in the Rye (7), Shoeless Joe (8), even Michael Chabon's Summerland (9). You can't escape baseball. No matter where you turn. I mean even The Warriors with The Furies (10). Turn to professional wrestling and there was Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz (11). The Baseball Swing is even a wrestling move and "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels' named his super kick "Sweet Chin Music" (12) because it knocks you back and usually out and if not out, distracted for a second which would lead to a strike and like in baseball... a 3rd count and you are out.

Let's say you don't watch movies, or read books, or watch wrestling though. You can't away cause it's all over music. John Fogerty's "Centerfold" (13), Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" (14), Meatloaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" (15). You just can't escape.

Oh you just watch TV? What do you think Negan's Lucille(16) is? It's a "baseball bat" and all Negan is ever doing is throwing metaphroical brushback pitches till he throws that curveball. You read the newspaper but skip the sports section? Baseball players are so famous they make the front page! You only read comics strips? Charles Schultz did multiple baseball stories in Peanuts (17)... Good Grief (he also did a baseball comic strip at one point).

and don't get me started on the internaionally famous poem turned Children's story "Casey at the Bat" (18)(19)(20).

REFERENCE NOTES
1. Major League http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097815/
2. Bull Durham http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094812/
3. Brewster's Millions http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088850/
4. The Natural http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087781/
5. Rookie of the Year http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107985/
6. Cheers http://www.cbs.com/shows/cheers/
7. http://www.pu.if.ua/depart/Inmov/resource/file/samostijna_robota/Catcher_In_The_Rye_-_J_D_Salinger.pdf
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoeless_Joe_(novel)
9. https://www.harpercollins.com/authors/michaelchabon
10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrEmF4SK3T4
11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh-hTXzHqVc
12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXYJnre1fgQ
13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04KQydlJ-qc
14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vQpW9XRiyM
15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C11MzbEcHlw
16. http://www.amc.com/shows/the-walking-dead
17. http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts
18. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/casey-bat
19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xWtysMlrcA
20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erfSed2MUsA

written for therealljidolSeason 10-Topic 3: Brushback Pitch
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