If I'm running that photo of Carole Lombard tossing out the first ball at a Pacific Coast League game at Los Angeles Wrigley Field in 1938, then you know baseball season is here. This afternoon, I was at Dodger Stadium -- as were about 55,000 others -- to see the boys in blue outlast the San Diego Padres, 6-3, thanks to a tie-breaking home run by new acquisition Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the eighth inning. It still seems weird to see Rollins, a borderline Hall of Famer, in Dodger blue rather than Phillies red, but for today at least he won quite a few fans at Chavez Ravine. (The other team I follow, the Washington Nationals, dropped its opener to the visiting New York Mets.)
Baseball was a major part of Lombard's life. Ever the athlete, she enjoyed playing ball in sandlot or street games dating back to her youth. While baseball was considered a boys' game, many girls and women long have loved watching and/or playing it too (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/244818.html).
There's also a cerebral aspect to baseball that probably also appealed to Carole; like chess, it's a perfect game for pondering regarding strategy. Every pitch leads to a different situation, and a manager continually has to address those situations not just in terms of using personnel, but whether to steal a base, intentionally walk a batter or so on. It's a part of the game that many of its critics fail to grasp -- and what makes it so ideal for second-guessers.
So I hope you make it to the ballpark sometime this season and enjoy what baseball is all about.
Yes, it is indeed spring -- and Carole looks as if she's ready to spring off the wall in Paramount p1202-632, our latest Lombard LiveJournal header.