Mar 16

Capital City Classic

Auburn and Alabama play one game of baseball in the state capital each spring. It is a non-conference thing, meant to allow people that don’t normally see the two teams face off on the diamond. Auburn has won all but one of these, and they won this year, 10-1.

This is the ticket:

And that same gaudy graphic is adorning the walls at Riverwalk Stadium (home of the Montgomery Biscuits). It is worth keeping around, I think.

The game was fun, the ribs before it were good, as ever. But the highlight, and the point of all of this, is the people. Here’s the @AUSection111 Glee and Chess Club and Live Bait Shop, class of 2016:

(Daniel, C.J., Beck, Emily, Josh, Thomas, Chandler, Clint and Autumn.)

I heard a speech one time years ago where the speaker said, “Look around. Take a moment and look around this room. This is the last time we’ll all be here together.” And I think about that often. These are good folks. It is a shame we won’t all be together again, very often if at all.

Well, the people and the fireworks. The fireworks are the other point. And if it is possible to say such a thing seriously, these fireworks lacked nuance:

Mar 16

Your daily dose of inspiration

I’m pretty lucky. I had the chance to see something cooler today than most people will see all week.

Become a lifelong fan, have a lot of big birthdays, eventually, your team might celebrate one of them with you.

Update: Here’s a nice little profile on Ms. Christmas. She’s 103 years young.

Feb 16

Root, root, root

Lovely weekend, weather-wise, for being outdoors. I shot a brief video of the ambiance:

Boomerang bubbles with @lmrsmith

A video posted by Kenny Smith (@kennydsmith) on

And I took a selfie, mostly for that sky.

Feb 16

Anybody got a good cold-weather hardball metaphor?

Feels great if you’re sitting in the sun.

Pretty chilly everywhere else.

But, you’ll sit through that if you enjoy baseball. February baseball.

Feb 16

Pics from the weekend

A friend was sick and complaining on social media. I leaped to the rescue! With milk and chocolate sauce.

She looked pretty good when I dropped it off at her place, though …

Autumn shows off the rally hat and rally sunglasses ensemble at the baseball stadium:

We gave it a try, and if anyone asks I did not invent the rally sunglasses:

Aubie doesn’t wear sunglasses, so he made it work with Upside Down Batman Goggles:

(I did invent those.)

We are painting. Well, we hired painters. Allie is helping:

At least we don’t have to pay The Black Cat for her painting services. She has paint on her tail.

We took my mother-in-law to the Irish pub tonight. I could go there a lot more than we do, actually. And I want to take their poster home with me:

Which is one of the reasons I took a picture of it. That’s actually a poster of which I’d buy a reproduction. Ordinarily I’d only want the authentic stuff, but that’s a good one. Ireland was amazing, having a poster of it in the office would be a nice reminder. Maybe a motivation to get back.