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Otherwise Rational Man Allows Himself Five Minutes to Enjoy Potential Return of Baseball

In the face of spiking COVID rates and labor unrest, one man sets time aside to dream of better days.
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Eugene Bauer, 67, considers himself a realist. He keeps up on the news, he’s online a little too much, and enthusiastically consumes podcasts. He knows the continued rise of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in parts of the country will make it difficult for baseball to come back, much less continue for a “full” 60-game season.

But from 6:45-6:50 pm on Thursday night, he stepped away from those intrusive thoughts and gave himself five full minutes of baseball-derived pleasure.

“I share season tickets with some old work friends,” said the Maplewood retiree. “I thought about the team letting a handful of people into Target Field to watch a game and being able to see Josh Donaldson destroy a hanging curve in person. I have a Kramarczuk’s sausage in my hand. The ball lands on the plaza. I smile a smile bigger than when my daughter divorced her second husband.

“He was a professional DJ who went by the name Nasty J, but his real name was Joshua, and he went to Moorhead State for 8 years,” he added. “I hated him.”

In those 300 blissful seconds, Bauer’s imagination ran wild.

“I’m up late. My wife (Marianne) is asleep. There are multiple west coast games on TV. Can you even imagine? Giants are playing the Rockies, Mariners are playing the A’s, and there’s a rain-delayed Cubs-Braves game in the 4th inning. I get a beer out of the fridge and open it. I’m going to fall asleep in the chair tonight.”

Before he snapped out of it to solve the final puzzle on Wheel of Fortune, Bauer allowed himself a moment of true glee.

“The day of the World Series parade is the last nice afternoon before it gets super cold. I’m wearing a light jacket and a mask that are the same powder blue as the ‘70s Twins uniforms. Everyone is keeping their distance and cheering. TC Bear throws me an autographed baseball. He removes his head and it’s A.J. Pierzynski. He swears at me, smiles, and keeps walking.

“I know it’s unlikely. But it sure would be something.”

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"He went to Morehead State for 8 years. I hated him". I almost spit out my coffee.

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“I’m falling asleep on the chair tonight”

I haven’t used my phone charger next to the easy chair in months. It’s about time...

Thanks for the hearty chuckle RBS
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Doctor Gast
Jun 26 2020 10:37 AM

Ah, baseball, the field of dreams!

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108Stitches
Jun 26 2020 01:36 PM
Not sure how anyone can consume the “news” and consider themselves realists. The news is anything but real.
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sampleSizeOfOne
Jun 27 2020 07:40 AM
I don't know. 5 minutes out of a day... 1440 minutes. That sounds like a ratio to me.

I contend he's still being rational, rationing his enjoyment of the finer things in life, which in these days seem a bit harder to come by than usual. Good on him.

TC Bear better be miked if it's AJ under the hood.
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I don't know. 5 minutes out of a day... 1440 minutes. That sounds like a ratio to me.

I contend he's still being rational, rationing his enjoyment of the finer things in life

Did you not notice what transpired near the end of his reverie? A.J. Pi-erzynski. π, I tell you.

 

Irrational. Worse than that, transcendental. It transcends reality. This is the dream of a madman.
 

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sampleSizeOfOne
Jun 28 2020 02:36 PM

Did you not notice what transpired near the end of his reverie? A.J. Pi-erzynski. π, I tell you.

Irrational. Worse than that, transcendental. It transcends reality. This is the dream of a madman.


I concede the point.

And that may explain how come not everyone got on well with AJ...
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