In late 2012, I moved to the East Bay and within 9 months this life time Giant fan became an avid Oakland A’s fan. This rambunctious group of baseball players have captured not only my heart but the true spirit and fun of baseball .
This original cartoon, published here in Veterans Today for the first time, captures something of the hypocrisy of the world’s most heavily-armed instruments of WMD terror commanding the Syrian government to hand over its chemical weapons without making similar demands of themselves.
The Oakland A’s are the true boys of summer in 2013 and fully embody the spirit, fun and enthusiasm that I vividly remember as a teenager ~ when summer baseball ruled my world and the smell of leather, pine tar and the loud crack of the bat was music to my senses.
It’s very healthy to laugh at death particularly because it’s inevitable and it’s really just another chapter here on earth which may or may not have a sequel ~ dependent on whether we denied or surrendered to love.
I did not graduate with honors ~ far from it, for I barely accumulated enough units to be standing on the stage where you will soon be receiving your diploma. But I did graduate with the acute awareness that I was prepared to live my dreams, whatever they were, and fear and self doubt would not stop me.
And then it happened ~ I heard the crack of the ball hitting the bat and as I ran toward first base, I glanced over my left shoulder and, lo and behold, there was my hit ball rising in an arc toward the Green Monster in left field ~ I couldn’t believe it !