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Leaves turning, a chilly bite to the night air, and baseball, it's good to be alive.

From today's sports pages of the Boston Globe on Red Sox captain, Jason Varitek.

His team is on the big stage, playing in the big games, and he is going to be on the bench.

This is new. This has never happened before. Not in the Little League World Series at Williamsport. Not in the Cape Cod League with the Hyannis Mets. Not in the College World Series at Omaha. Not in the Olympics in Barcelona. Not in the World Series in St. Louis and Denver.


Who'd of known that Varitek, playing a game of ball, was able to experience a Little League World Series, College World Series, Olympics and World Series Champion. The rich are different than you and me, and athletes even more so, apparently from early childhood.

In chatting about the Sox today a friend shared a story about Babe Ruth. Babe is credited with being part of a combined no-hitter. Babe was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox and walked the first batter he faced. After arguing with the umpire on the pitch call, the Babe was tossed from the game having faced just one batter. Ernie Shore came in to pitch and proceeded to pitch the remainder of the game without surrendering a base hit. The game was recorded as a combined no hitter shared by Ruth and Shore. It's a charmed life.

October baseball reminds me each year of the book One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest and the character Randle McMurphy. In the mental hospital and a World Series game starting during scheduled chores McMurphy sat down in front of the blank television screen and called play by play, to a game he couldn't see. Happy go lucky and able to rally the other patients past their own difficulties, a charmed life.

It's October and the tradition continues. Baseball is a thread to tie a 7 year old to those who have acheived an age of three score and ten. Press on, Tip it back. Enjoy the games.
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