Saturday, November 27, 2010


For those of you who are young or who are not baseball fans, there was a Hall of Fame major league baseball pitcher named Dizzy Dean who in his later years announced for his old team, the St. Louis Cardinals, and is famous for his malapropisms and abuse of the English language.

Baseball is an anerobic sport that requires an ability to spend a lot of time relaxed and then explode adrenaline into the system. I would feel this as a young man in the outfield, and the rush was quite exciting. Then it would be over, and sometimes you'd stay "high" as you stood out there in the outfield as the game resumed its relaxed nature again. Dizzy Dean's most famous malapropisms would come popping out of his mouth whenever there were those leisurely moments that baseball fans treasure as a contrast to the explosion.

During one of those on-air radio moments, Dizzy noted that two young people were smooching and kissing and not paying much attention to the game, and he then added, "It looks like he kisses her on the strikes, and she kisses him on the balls."

My dear wife Peggy matched Ol' Diz this morning. We were both by the computer and I showed Peggy a way to copy and paste that would save her a lot of typing time.

"That's a good idea," said Peggy, "although I took typing lessons and am a fast typer."

"I'm pretty good too, for someone who hasn't had typing lessons."

"Yeah, I've seen you type, and you're pretty good for a hunt and pecker."

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