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Senior Moments Column: Musings on spring and baseball

By Emma Edwards, Friday, March 9, 2018

Take me out to the ball game; Take me out to the park;

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I ever get back.

Let me root, root, root for the home team,

If they don't win, it’s a shame.

For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out at the old ball game.

Want some good news? Baseball players are already in serious practice games.

Only two more weeks ahead when we maybe will have winter weather and then we break into beautiful spring. Baseball season! Remember one month ago today when we were abuzz over results of Groundhog Day, Feb. 2.

We all kind of groaned, but the skiers were happy. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow (on a hill outside Punxsutawney, Penn.), causing the prediction of six more weeks of winter.

I’m just not sure Groundhog Day is that accurate. According to one national newspaper, “There is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis,” according to a report released this week by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, N.C.”

The article went on to note that “Flipping a coin might be as accurate as Phil. Since 1988, the groundhog was ‘right’ 14 times and ‘wrong’ 16 times. In other words, only 14 times did the national average temperature for the remainder of February match what would be expected based on what the groundhog predicted.”

We seniors like to predict since most of us have many years to look back upon.

Recently I read that Cracker Jack turned 106 years old this year. So you know what was going on in my head?

I started singing that catchy baseball song (by the way, baseball is my favorite sport). I could not get rid of those lyrics.

I even asked daughter Lynn to pick me up a box of Cracker Jack. Seems it comes in a bag now that weighs 4.125 ounces, supposedly giving us four servings for $1.69 with a total of 480 calories.

Confession time. I consumed the entire bag of that amazing molasses flavored popcorn and peanuts in just 10 minutes.

Not to be a complainer, but when I was a child in the early ’40s, a box of Cracker Jacks was 5 cents. And we got a fun prize, too.

Now a child needs a computer to unlock their prize.

By the way, mark your calendars for March 29, the official opening day of our 2018 baseball season, which, by the way, is the earliest opening day since 1968.

Think I will close with a bit of baseball trivia. In 1857, the Base Ball Convention held in New York changed the length of a game to nine equal innings, instead of declaring the first team to score 21 runs as the winner.

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