The Boys Are Back in Town

Listening to the song “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Patty Loveless always conjures up two types of images for me.  One is sailors coming back into port after the war, and the other image is of baseball players coming back after the winter break.  Since the Milwaukee Brewers 2015 season opener is only 2 days away, I picked out this song and made my own video to go with it.  It shows some of my favorite players like Nori Aoki, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Matt Garza and Bob Uecker.

                                                                        

“The Boys Are Back In Town” by Patty Loveless

 Gather ’round, ladies, gather ’round
Hear the news that’s comin’ down
The ships are in and the sails are down
The boys are back in town

Get your skirts down off the rack
The boys are in and the boys are back
And no time now for takin’ slack
The boys are back in town

Yeah, the boys are back in town
Your true love can be found
Gather ’round the old playground
The boys are back in town

They’ve been gone for quite a while
Man, it’s good to see ’em smile
Now they’re loaded up on style
The boys are back in town

Come in the house, get out of the car
See ’em coming down the road
Gonna raise some hell ’cause don’t you know
The boys are back in town

Well, the boys are back in town
Your true love can be found
Gather ’round the old playground
The boys are back in town

Well, the boys are back in town
Your true love can be found
Gather ’round the old playground
The boys are back in town

 

 

 

The Short Stop by Zane Grey

A friend of mine recommended that I read The Short Stop by Zane Grey.  It was quite unlike any story I had read by Grey before as it was not set in the old west with gunslingers.   As the title implies, it’s a baseball story and set back in the early 1900’s before million dollar contracts and performance enhancing drugs.  But that’s ok because I like baseball just as much as cowboy stories. 

You can feel Grey’s love of the sport with each play by play game he writes.  I imagine as an author he was calling the balls and strikes just as he would have liked to see a perfect game be played.  Published in 1906, the language of the text certainly takes on that era and is much different from what slang ball players would be shouting today, but it is charming none-the-less.  The book isn’t all stats and strategy though.  Grey weaves in the coming of age story with a minor love interest, and the friendships and camaraderie of the team.

Chase, the main character leaves his widowed mother and younger brother at home to seek out a new source of income that will provide for the family better than their current situation.  It seems a bit strange to think that a fellow would have a better chance of making money by becoming a baseball player because of how hard it is to break into the sport…. but that is today’s thinking.  In the beginning of the book, Chase does struggle to find a team that he can stick with.  These are not major league teams, but local  teams.  

One chapter that is strikingly controversial is when the idea of when playing baseball on Sunday becomes an issue.  I like how Zane Grey resolves this issue- I won’t spoil it for you in the event you want to read it (I’ve provided links below).  While the story of The Short Stop is fiction, I’m not certain if this part of the book has ties to reality or not.  It would require some extra research on my part now that I have completed the book.  

 

You can read the entire book for free here   The Short Stop- text

Or listen to the audio book for free here The Short Stop- audio

Thanks to LibriVox and the Gutenberg project