The occurrence of a Stankey-like event today in professional baseball is unthinkable. While many baseball players of the Johnny Podres era worked a job in the off season, that likelihood today is probably rare. Yogi Berra said in an interview that winning the World Series provided a strong financial incentive because if you won the World Series you did not have to work in the off season. Some would say that something important was lost when the Boys of Summer passed into history. Some say the Boys of Summer are still around.
As summer is upon us, Little League Baseball will take place in communities around Essex County. As fans and parents, attending games is a way to support our local youth. While in attendance, remember that more innocent time when the Boys of Summer called Ebbets Field home. Pictures of many of the players of that era, show them smiling. It left you feeling that they were happy to play baseball. Let our Boys of Summer enjoy baseball this summer. Help to keep the smiles on their faces. Let the game be about them playing the game of baseball. Don't make it about you by criticizing umpires, coaches or players. The smell of freshly cut grass, the crack of the bat and the close call at home, that's baseball. Remember, all kids count.
Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org