Thursday, June 30, 2016

Photo Blogging Challenge (June 2016) - Baseball

I was thrilled when I saw this month's photo theme.  I've always loved baseball.  I played on city leagues in both grade school and high school.  My grade school team, The Challengers, even won the city championship for our age division.  I still have that team uniform and cap.  I also played on teams in the local NASA league when I worked there and the Jaycees when I was a member.
Himself's and my first date was an Indian's game and dinner.  And, in the summer you can often find me working in the garden with my trusty transistor tuned into the game.
I would have loved to go see my favorite team play this month and take pictures there.  But, as luck would have it, when they were in town, I didn't have time, and when I had time, they were on the road. 
Instead, I decided to use pictures we took this month that somehow represent various MLB teams.
We had Orioles nest in yard a couple of years ago, but hadn't seen them in a while.  This year they're back, and in great abundance.  They have a distinctive song and we can always tell when they are around.
During the hot weather the Cardinals, as well as many other birds, have been taking advantage of the pooling water at the bottom of our patio waterfall to take baths. 
We went to the local parade again this year.  It is the thing to do in these parts.  People put their chairs and blankets out days in advance to mark their viewing spots.  We sat on the top of church stairs, sharing the space with an elderly couple.  The wife could barely walk and is deaf, but she seemed to enjoy herself.  She was happy to take one of the pieces of candy that was flung my way by a parade participant.
One of the best float in the parade was this pirates themed one.  The "ship" even spewed smoke out of its cannon!
Early in the month we went to a free concert, a Janis Joplin cover band.  The concert was supposed to be outside, but there was a threat of rain so it was moved indoors into "The Cellar",  the pub in the basement of a local restaurant.  What a treat!  Such great atmosphere and people watching.  I think the show was much like it would have been in Joplin's day.
On the bar in the pub was a wood carving of an Indian, which I wanted to include here.  There were so many people I couldn't get close enough to take a picture and we haven't been back since.
I had to somehow include my favorite team of all time in this photo challenge, so, this is a little stretch, but you get the photo below.
As of last night (6/29), the Indians have won twelve in a row, something they haven't done since 1951.  I happened to stop at our local farmer earlier in the day to get eggs, so we lined up twelve in a row.  (I told you it was a stretch!)
Bonus:  We took a drive down to Amish country early in the month.  We were treated to the view of a bunch of young girls playing ball. 
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  1. Hahahahaha, twelve in a row - eggsellent!!!
    Great ideas, and what a gorgeous cardinal you've had the opportunity to snap a picture of!

  2. Love it!! I never knew that an oriole was a bird - beautiful. I did similar with MiLB teams as we don't have baseball in the north of Scotland.

  3. I like your interpretation of the theme, the different team names for baseball are quite interesting. I especially like the bird photos.

  4. What a great idea! I absolutely loved your post. Brilliant!

  5. Ha! Great way to tackle the theme this month! A bit of humor and great action shot always make for a good post. :)
    The Indians are on fire! Maybe next time I'm in town we can get to a game. I haven't been to Cleveland since I was a teenager. Love that your first date was to a game. Bryan and I went to one early on in our relationship, too.

  6. Now that I'm just about through all of this month's posts I can just imagine PJ shaking his head 'cause he didn't get to look through a whole bunch of baseball photos eggsactly like he hoping to. But I can also see him nodding his head and chuckling, 'cause it's a very creative group that takes part in the PBC. Way to go with your creative take on MLB team names.

  7. Creative way to do the theme for June! I like it. I went to an Indians game this year and it was right at the beginning of their big winning streak Definitely a fun place to watch a game and I still want to call it "The Jake."