“Hello again, everybody. It’s A bee-yoo-tiful day for baseball!
That’s how the late, great and legendary sportscaster, Harry Caray, signed on at his microphone every day of his 53 years in broadcasting baseball, or so it seemed.
What a memory for a January day like today! Nobody’s hitting homeruns with snowballs on a day like this, and sliding home probably says more about your driving than your base-running.
Hall of Famer Roger Hornsby, after notching his never-to-be-matched .424 batting average, said, “People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
Though it’s hard to tell just now, Spring really is coming. And from there, we’ll be able to see Summer. Every day is getting longer now, already by about three hours more than in the middle of last December.
So this week your Jamestown Gazette is delighted to bring our readers news of our own “Boys of Summer” already starting to prepare for another great season of baseball in Jamestown, New York.
The Tarp Skunks home office down at the Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park is already working on another winning roster for the 2023 season, every kind of ballpark fun, food and drink, and special event to make every game another great memory for the record books.
The Jamestown Tarp Skunks compete in the 16-team Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, a summer baseball league with teams all across New York state.
A dedicated off-the-field team of local citizens—die-hard fans of both baseball and the community—back the team financially and consider it their sworn civic duty to have a lot of fun on a summer evening down at the old baseball diamond. Team names across the nation are also joining in the fun. It seems to have become a nationwide fad.
Our Tarp Skunks seem right in tune with so many others across the country, like these:
- Hartford Yard Goats
- Amarillo Sod Poodles
- Burlington Sock Puppets
- Rocket City Trash Pandas
- Carolina Disco Turkeys
In the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Western Division, the Tarp Skunks are joined in the naming game by the Batavia Muckdogs and six more, each with their own great stories behind each one.
Yet, there’s more to a pleasant summer evening than a W or an L on the scoreboard. Collegiate baseball also schools the young players in some of life’s most important lessons. The pros at Baseball Camp in Houston, Texas suggest these, just a few of many:
- Down is definitely not out. A comeback can be right around the corner.
- The score isn’t always the whole story. Sometimes it’s effort over outcome.
- Never think that you are too good to fail. Respect everyone in the game.
Here’s to a warm springtime thought and a sunny summer dream on a wintery January day.
Go Tarp Skunks! Another bee-yoo-tiful day is coming for the boys of summer—and all of us.
Enjoy the read.