Does John still
want to skin-dive?
"I would have
gone today," he told a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED reporter, "but I couldn't get
up two bucks for air, you know what I mean."
Spot for a
sponsors are paying $10 million a year to bring baseball into your living room,
it seems fair enough to let them bring the commercials too, but, as somebody
once said, there's a right time for everything. And more often than we can
learn to enjoy it the baseball TV people keep giving us commercials just when
we're trying to keep both eyes on the ball. If you were watching the Senators
beat the Yankees 6-3 the other night you've probably guessed already the play
we have in mind.
In the fifth
inning Russ Kemmerer, the Washington pitcher, came to bat and surprised
everybody, including himself, by hitting the ball to the scoreboard in right
center field. It looked like a triple, and sure enough, Kemmerer slid into
third in plenty of time. Whereupon, as Kemmerer picked himself up, an umpire
puzzlingly called him out.
O-O-U-U-T!" reiterated Announcer Mel Allen. "Didn't touch second, but
I'll have to tell you about it later"—and he served up the singing
Was there a
rhubarb on the field? What did Kemmerer's face look like? You got a look at
foaming beer instead.
Just now, with TV
trying to clean up the fix talk about quiz shows, here's an area that could do
with a fix.
The sailfish he
caught was a fisherman's joy,
But his boat was too narrow and short,
So he boarded the sailfish and cried "Ahoy,"
And sailed it away to port.