Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Rizal Ballpark
March 26, 2015
Take Me Out To The Ball Game

“Take me out to the ball game
Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack
I don’t care if I never get back
Let me root, root, root for the home team
If they don’t win it’s a shame
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out
At the old ball game”

One of my favorite sports movies of all time is “A League of Their Own.”

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It is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) starring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, and Madonna. Remember that Madonna song? “This used to be my playground…this used to be my childhood dream…” Yes, that’s the one.
But this is not about baseball, but its sister sport, softball.

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Just recently, while we suffocate ourselves with basketball and why Barangay Ginebra stings like hell and the Alyssa Valdez mania on the side, a softball team from Adamson wrote history by beating University of the Philippines to crown itself the UAAP champion. It was historic because, 1. It stretched its spectacular streak to 62, the longest in any sports in the 77-year history of the league, 2. It was its fifth straight title sweep, and 3. It was its 14th championship in the last 17 years.
If you aren’t impressed, try slapping your face right now or let me do it for you.

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So our congratulations to the whole Adamson clouters.

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Also to pitcher Annalie Benjamin, who pitched like she’s firing a bazooka the whole season long to bag not only the Most Valuable Player plum for the second straight season but most of the awards possible (Read: Best Pitcher, Best Hitter and Most RBIs).
Applause also to Queenie Sabobo, who batted like she was softball’s Babe Ruth thanks to her fourth home runs including a match-clinching two-run homer in the seventh and final inning that sealed the deal.
And coach Anna Santiago, the Phil Jackson of Philippine college softball.
And her mentor, the legendary Filomino “Boy” Codinera, for taking in Santiago and teaching her to become what she is right now.
And to Santiago’s white shitzu named “Slick,” for being the team’s lucky charm.

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Most especially, thank you softball, for taking us back to the ballgame and drawing us back to the historic Rizal Memorial ballpark where Babe Ruth and Lou Gherig once played for belting and parking homers at the left and right field’s walls.

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“Take me out to the ball game
Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack
I don’t care if I never get back
Let me root, root, root for the home team
If they don’t win it’s a shame
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out
At the old ball game”

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3 thoughts on “Take Me Out To The Ballgame

  1. Joey, here’s a fact that you should pass on to all: All of Adamson’s games this season were won by the mercy rule (shortened game) they outscored their opponents 150-15 for the season with no team scoring more than 3 runs against them. Runner-up UP played 4 games vs Adamson with a combined score of 31-1. Amazing!

    If you watch the practice sessions of Adamson, you will see something very different from all the other teams. Small adjustments that focused on speed, level hitting, conditioning. This is why they are dominant, it’s not just recruiting.

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