May 8, 2010

"Play up! play up! and play the game!"

This is the word that year by year
While in her place the School is set
Every one of her sons must hear,
And none that hears it dare forget.
This they all with a joyful mind
Bear through life like a torch in flame,
And falling fling to the host behind -
"Play up! play up! and play the game!"

-- Vitai Lampada - Sir Henry Newbolt

When the world is too much with you, take a walk through the back streets and alleys of the neighborhood to the field behind the old school. There in a lake of early evening sunlight ringed round by blossoms in the shade, then and now, and far into the future, the game always comes back.

Pitcher, Queen Anne, Seattle May 7, 2010 [Click to enlarge]

Batter, Queen Anne, Seattle May 7, 2010 [Click to enlarge]

Posted by Vanderleun at May 8, 2010 4:41 PM
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Nice ballpark, although that slope in the outfield might make some plays more interesting than they should be.

I wish I could have played in a park with a short porch like that in right field. As it was, the field we played on had woods in left field that were reachable by kids of this age, but left-handed hitters like me had 500+ feet of open space in right. Great for doubles and triples, but with the right and center fielders able to play as deep as they wanted, homers were hard to come by. I had a grand total of one in my Little League/Pony League "career". Ah, glory days. Slow-pitch softball is my lot in life now. At least I can still play.

Posted by: waltj at May 8, 2010 6:01 PM

You and Daphne seem to be on the same wavelength, tonight!

Posted by: Jewel at May 8, 2010 8:41 PM

Great pictures! I just hope those kids grow up to turn the Mariners around or play for better teams.

Posted by: Connecticut Yankee at May 9, 2010 1:29 PM