Baseball is not just about the game, it is about who you shared the games memory with. It is the one sport that was an active connection to our past.
When James Earl Jones delivers his amazing monologue in field of dreams he says –
“Ray. People will come, Ray. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. “Of course, we won’t mind if you look around”, you’ll say, “It’s only $20 per person”. They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they’ll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They’ll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they’ll watch the game and it’ll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they’ll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. Oh…people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.”
I have often heard the stories of so many fans, they can’t remember yesterday, but they remember where they where when there favorite teams accomplished feats both good and bad. As Jim McKay said – “The thrill of victory and agony of defeat.”
Baseball fans love to share their stories, they share them at games, bars, on planes, ferries, or just when they run out to see old friends. We buy autographs, images, tee-shirts so we can remember these precious events.
We are offering you to share your most favorite baseball stories on our Podcast, “The Daily Rewind.” We will play your stories on the Daily Rewind, we allow up to 90 seconds for fan stories. Feel free to ramble, we will do all the editing!
Record it right here! Start with your name, the date of the event, who you were with and why it was so important.
or Send me an email to [email protected] and ideally include an MP3 file.
Not sure how to do this – if you have an Iphone or any phone with voice memo capability, simple record the message, save, then email to me.
We are sharing one story per week we will let you know when yours is being published.