Love and Baseball

8 May

Today is my husband’s and my 30th anniversary.  30 years.  It’s hard to believe.  Those of you who read The Cure know what a huge role baseball played in our courtship and marriage.  Baseball was pivotal to our first date, we got engaged in the stands at a Phillies game and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was our wedding song.  (Try stepping out to that little ditty for your first dance.)

We were married in 1982 when the Phillies roster included players to remember:   Pete Rose, Michael Jack Schmidt (as Harry used to call him,) Gary “The Sarge” Matthews, Steve Carlton, Garry Maddox and Willie Montanez (my husband does a great impression of the way the stadium announcer used to pronounce his name during the starting line-ups, rolling those n’s for all they were worth.)

But there were some, shall we say, less remembered players, too: Bo Diaz, Luis Aguayo, Ed Farmer, Mike Krukow and Len Matuszek.

And one of the newest Phillies that year was Ivan DeJesus.  OK, I’ll come clean and say I was never a big fan of DeJesus.  Why?  Because also in 1982, the Phillies traded my beloved Larry Bowa (along with Ryne Sandberg) to the Chicago Cubs to get him.

A good reminder I guess that things change, in baseball and in life.   So it’s nice to know that some things still endure.

For me, it’s my 30 year love affair with my husband…  and baseball.

See, I put you first, honey.  It is our anniversary after all.

So today I hope you’ll join me in a toast to 30 more years (at least) of  love and baseball.

(Notice how cleverly I managed to avoid writing about last night’s game?)


20 Responses to “Love and Baseball”

  1. Ray May 8, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!

    • girlsbestphriend May 9, 2012 at 3:14 am #

      Thanks, Ray. I love that my blog has brought me new friends like you!

      • Ray May 10, 2012 at 12:52 am #


        I’m glad that you write this for all of us, and that I, through your blog, have been able to have you as a friend 🙂

  2. Rodd Bender May 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Have a wonderful anniversary, Susan! (And thanks for not recapping last night’s game.)

    • girlsbestphriend May 9, 2012 at 3:13 am #

      Thanks, Rodd. And I’ll do you one better and not recap tonight’s either

  3. Displaced Phan May 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Happy Anniversary! I’m closing in on 3 years, and it’s always great to hear the success stories. Hopefully, the team will do something (like win) tonight in honor of you guys.

    • girlsbestphriend May 9, 2012 at 3:12 am #

      Thanks for your good wishes. Warning: 3 becomes 30 way faster than you can imagine. All I can say is enjoy the ride which is more than or Phillies are doing with yet another late inning implosion. Oh well. This, too shall pass, right? RIGHT?

      • Displaced Phan May 9, 2012 at 11:45 am #

        Marriage is way easier than being a Philly sports fan. We should make it to 30, no problem.

  4. Valerie May 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Cheers to you both and the game you love! xoxo

  5. Thom May 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Happy Anniversary, SC-D. Marriage, as in baseball, takes team effort to make work. I think you and Jan probably could teach the Phillies a thing or two.

    • girlsbestphriend May 9, 2012 at 3:09 am #

      Man, I wish someone would. Thanks, Thom. Love to hear how things are going.

  6. geetie cohen May 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    A dugout full of wishes.I’m sure contract negotiation will go smoothly and your team will stay in tact.

  7. Re Panico May 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Loved today’s blog!!! Happy 30 years to you and Jan! Miss you both!!!

  8. Alan Dickler May 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    I wished your husband a happy anniversary so just in case he doesn’t pass it on Happy Anniversary to you too. I am proud to have you as my sister (no in laws allowed)

    • girlsbestphriend May 9, 2012 at 3:08 am #

      What a nice to thing to say. Right back at you, brother. Really hope to be able to see you guys soon. And thanks so much for the amazingly generous offer about Colorado. Don’t be surprised if we take you up on it! Love you and send my love to Erin, too! xo

  9. Sydney May 9, 2012 at 12:44 am #

    Happy Anniversary, Aunt Susan and Uncle Jan!

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