Since yesterday I did a rundown of the stories I could have framed as a smorgasbord, I'm really short on original material here today. So, I'll touch on baseball and music then call it good.
Listening to one of my favorite bands, Seven Mary Three, this morning. Haven't listened to them in awhile because I was on a Sister Hazel kick for a good week and before that mostly country. "Strangely At Home Here" is playing currently. Still hope I'll see these guys in concert at some point in my life. Had a chance once, but couldn't make the trip due to my back. Still have a craptastic back and Seven Mary Three isn't going to stay together forever. It'll happen some day.
Yesterday in the Grapefruit League, Chipper Jones ripped a three-run homer over the scoreboard. Braves' beat writer Mark Bowman said that it was one of the longest homers he has seen Chipper hit from the right side. Bowman also said that Chipper is playing like he's 28, not 38. The tear Chipper has been on during spring training has been a pleasant surprise for Braves fans. Last season, up until his ACL ripping on a spectacular play, it was like watching the Braves as they once were in the 90s, Chipper especially. He was getting on base and his teammates were batting him in. He was showing some power, something he'd been lacking for several injury-plagued seasons. And his leadership in the clubhouse with the young rookie Jason Heyward was very important to the Braves' success. When Chipper tore his ACL, it wasn't known if he would ever play again and with Bobby Cox retiring it was truly the end of an era in Atlanta. Now us Braves fans who grew up in the Bobby Cox, Chipper Jones, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and Tommy Glavine era have something to hold onto--a 38-year old third baseman who is batting .411 in spring training. The success he's had this spring couldn't have happened to a better guy.
Just saw the news that Geraldine Ferraro has died at the age of 75. I wasn't alive when Ferraro was on the ticket with Mondale, but I feel a great sense of gratitude for her breaking the glass ceiling. Her accomplishment of being the first woman on a presidential ticket paved the way for women in politics, Hillary especially, and I've never doubted that what Ferraro did in 1984 made it just a bit easier for every woman coming up in America after. Thank you, Geraldine Ferraro.