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Day 158: In A Word . . .

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Alexander BeckNo – not gonna happen. . . sometimes you just know it’s not right.  From the minute we popped the cork on this bottle, we knew something wasn’t on the up and up.  As all good wine drinkers know, “musty” is a no-no . . . albeit, there are times when “earthy” is misconstrued as “must” and once a bottle is uncorked and sits while the wine has a chance to open up a whole new taste unfolds.  Sadly, tonight the hopes of “musty” turning into “earthy” just wasn’t there.  We could ramble on about the wine – but just can’t do it – it’s just a waste of time.  Summation – Don’t waste your time or money.

So, we’ll have to find something to jabber on about to kill time (and word count) – today was a quiet day, Jean has battled a sinus headache to beat the band since yesterday, so stayed home and succumbed to medicine, napping and not even straying out of pj’s.  Was a good, quiet day and hopefully with a weather change, this too shall pass.  Forecast calling for rain tomorrow which means whatever cedar pollen is left out there gets washed away – yes, yes, we need it badly!!!

So, one small advantage of not driving to / from Austin is the fact that we were able to eat dinner at a reasonable hour and well before dark…Brian picked up some fresh Portobello’s from HEB and tossed them on the grill after a light layer of olive oil and his secret spice, and some garlic sautéed veggies in the cast iron skillet.   Add in a spinach salad with home concocted ranch dressing and winner, winner chicken dinner (no chickens were harmed in the making of this dinner) – it was a home run.  Sadly, the wine didn’t add anything to the meal…come to think of it, the wine didn’t make it to the meal, it ended up down the drain!!

So, this blog could go down in the record books as the shortest in the books – but you just knew we’d find something to chat about – and this is kinda big to us given our passion for baseball – On this day in 1934, Henry Louis Aaron Jr., the baseball slugger who broke Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers, is born in Mobile, Alabama.

Aaron began his professional baseball career in 1952 in the Negro League and joined the Milwaukee Braves of the major league in 1954, eight years after Jackie Robinson had integrated baseball. Aaron was the last Negro League player to compete in the majors. He quickly established himself as an important player for the Braves and won the National League batting title in 1956. The following season, he took home the league’s MVP award and helped the Braves beat Mickey Mantle and the heavily favored New York Yankees in the World Series. In 1959, Aaron won his second league batting title.

Season after season, Aaron turned in strong batting performances. “Hammerin’ Hank” hit .300 or higher for 14 seasons and slugged out at least 40 homers in eight separate seasons. In May 1970, he became the first player in baseball to record 500 homers and 3,000 hits. Aaron is best known, however, for breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 714 career home runs, which he established in 1935. On April 8, 1974, in front of a crowd of over 50,000 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Aaron hit his 715th career home run in the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sadly, in the months leading up to the new record, Aaron received piles of racist hate mail and death threats from those unhappy about seeing the Babe’s record broken, especially by a black man.

Aaron, who played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 to 1965 and the Atlanta Braves from 1966 to 1974, spent the final two seasons of his 23 years in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers. When he retired in 1976, he left the game with 755 career home runs, a record that stood until August 7, 2007, when it was broken by Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants. Aaron still holds the records for most career runs batted in (2,297), most career total bases (6,856) and most career extra base hits (1,477). After retiring as a player, Aaron became one of baseball’s first black executives, with the Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982…and still very much alive at 89 years of age.  Now THAT is hitting it out of the park!!

Ok, there you have it – it was, after all a historical day!

While waiting on whatever tomorrow shall bring, remember to enjoy responsibly and recycle whenever possible.


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