From Pine View Farm

Help! I’ve Been Subverted 6

I’m watching my third Philles game in a row.

And they are not even an AL team. They play in the astroturf National League.

Many years ago, when I first moved to this area, my daughter was visiting me and we went to a Phillies game

We took the train from Narberth to Suburban Station, then caught the Broad Street subway to the Vet and got seats in the 700 level. (In the 700 level, you pretty much had to bring your own oxygen tank if you wanted to breath).

Mike Schmidt, one of the best third basemen in the history of baseball, was still playing. He was not any Brooks Robinson with his glove, but he may well have been the best all-around third baseman in the history of the game (Brooks couldn’t hit worth a damn, but, with Brooks on third and Mark Belanger at short, pretty much nothing that was under 10 feet in the air made it into left field against Earl Weaver’s Orioles).

I forget who the Phillies were playing that day, but I will always remember the end of the game.

Mike Schmidt ended the game with a solo shot to deep center.

It was over, and we took the train home.

Mike Schmidt is long retired, my daughter is a mother, and I’m a grandfather now.

I’m getting old.

And bitter.

But not old and bitter enough to vote Republican.



  1. Opie

    April 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I saw Mike Schmidt play for the Peoria Pacers in the Central Illinois Collegiate League when I was about 12 years old.

  2. chris the plumber

    April 12, 2008 at 1:06 am

    When I about 12 I had my braces locked in and here comes a fast ground ball, it hit a rock just befor it got to me and bounced up and hit me right in the Mouth!!! I had to wake my mom up with blood all over me. She would not let me play baseball no more.

  3. Frank

    April 12, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    When I was 12 years old, nothing happened.

  4. Karen

    April 13, 2008 at 1:29 am

    My grandfather started teaching me to drive when I was 12.

    Chris, knowing your mother, she probably beat you for being out there anyway, because of the surgery you most likely had at the beginning of summer.

  5. chris the plumber

    April 13, 2008 at 4:35 am

    remember when you went to baylor to pet the goats, I was on the seventh floor looking down, I remember sneaking down and getting busted for not being on my floor! and it could have been Opie that you was petting!!!! they did have a lot of sheep and goats there.

  6. donviti

    April 13, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I remember when Schmitty would wiggle his rear end just before a pitch.  I remember being 12 and trying to do the same thing, needless to say I don’t think I pulled it off as well as he did.

    what kid didn’t want to field a ball with his bare hand in 1980?