27 thoughts on “April 8, 2020: JP”

  1. It turns out that my COC post from yesterday was three years to the day since my last post. Huh.

    1. Another eight days will be ten years in this basement.

      Edit: The tenth year starts then.

      1. Wow, that does not seem possible. The original site started on July 17, 2004, so this version has been around almost double the time that it was in existence in its various forms.

          1. What child? SBG is still a bachelor law student, and I am still in my internship after freshman year.

            1. I had already graduated from Law School when I started the WGOM. Was studying for the bar exam. We will have been married 15 years next month. Daughter is almost 5'10. Still growing a little.

      2. I remember sitting at the table in West Des Moines (2 countries, 5 states, a wife and kid ago) reading that the original was shutdown and being very shaken by it.

        1. Yeah, I also have a pretty vivid memory of the sealing off of the original basement.

          Stick, I know that we’ve all said this in one way or another - thank you for making a place to have a conversation around baseball. I value this place more and more every year.

          Thanks to everyone here for making this place what it is. I truly appreciate y’all.

  2. Last night I watched game 7 of the 1968 World Series on the MLB Network. Bob Gibson vs. Mickey Lolich. Old school black and white, simple text graphics, Curt Gowdy and Harry Caray in the broadcast booth. I remember the whole family huddled around the TV watching it live many long years ago. The Cardinals lost back then, too.

    1. In watching old games, I've been struck by how much larger the graphics were back then. I get that people have bigger TVs now, but this old nearsighted pastor struggles to read the graphics on the current games sometimes.

      1. While the chyron font was bigger than today's graphics, the white text on a greyscale background didn't deliver the best readability.

    1. Todd opened for John Prine when we saw him here last year. You could feel the respect flowing in both directions. Late in the show, John invited Todd out to sing a couple of songs with him at the end of his solo set. They led off with "All the Best," then sang "In Spite of Ourselves." People laughed — "He's my baby, I'm his honey / I'm never gonna let him go" — and then roared "He ain't got laid in a month of Sundays / I caught him once and he was sniffin' my undies..." The two of them were laughing right along with us, but you could tell the laughter was more than just a reaction to the moment, but a recognition of the love they had for each other.

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