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What Baseball and Holidays Have in Common

Updated on March 9, 2018
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Kathleen Cochran is a writer & former newspaper reporter/editor who traveled the world as a soldier's better half. Her works are on Amazon.


What else is there?

Is it any wonder between the last out of the World Series and the first pitch of Opening Day we celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, the entire Christmas season, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Saint Patrick's Day, and sometimes Passover and Easter? That's most of our major holidays. Ever wonder why that is?

It takes all those festiviites to try to fill the void left when there is no baseball.

Think about it. What else in life can you get almost every day, for free, that's not fattening or illegal, that offers you drama and comedy, skill and dumb luck, heroes and goats, adventure and boredom, team work and individual excellence? My husband would complain it doesn't have women, but he's not counting television commercials if you're at home or between inning entertainment if you're at the ballpark. No, I'll concede, there are no cheerleaders. Why would you need them? It's baseball.

A baseball fan counts each and every day between the end of October and the beginning of April every single year. Spring Training helps pass the time a little, but it's kind of like kissing your sister. How excited can anybody really expect you to get? When I was younger, I thought the only thing more boring than going to a baseball game was baseball on TV. But, like I said, I was young. You learn things as you go along in life.

Dave Kindred of The Sporting News was right. Football has drives. Baseball has moments. I mean, who could forget Don Larsen's perfect game on October 13, 1960? It was Game Five of that World Series, the first no-hitter in Baseball History.

Or October 21, 1975? Carlton Fisk's tie-breaking home run off the Fenway Park foul pole winning that World Series Game Six off the Reds.

Or a game I was at on April 8, 1974? Hank Aaron. Need I say more?

Or October 15, 1988, Kirk Gibson limping the bases in the ninth inning to win Game One. Or the Earthquake Series the following year?

Truth be told, what really got me hooked on baseball was none of those historic moments. It was going to a regular Braves game at the old Fulton County Sadium in Atlanta shortly after our family moved back to the States from my husband's first overseas assignment with the Army. I'd just lived for three years in Germany with no TV, no iceberg lettuce, no hamburgers. The thing that struck me so hard about that game was it was just - so - American. It was a hot, Sunday afternoon. We ate hot dogs. We booed. We beat the Dodgers. I felt like I was really back home. Been a die-hard ever since.

Now, you have to understand a simple truth. Being a Braves fan is different than being a fan of other major league teams. You have to be a real meat and potatoes fan. You know better. You discipline yourself to just enjoy the regular season and not let yourself think too much about a post season. There was that thirteen year stretch and the one championship, but the memories will only get you through so many disappointments. Better to enjoy the 162 square meals we get between April and September and consider anything more - cake, maybe with icing.

Many perfectly respectable sports fans will move right on to football, basketball and hockey after the last out of the World Series. But for some of us, all we can say is, bring on all those holidays.

We're gonna need 'em.

From Field of Dreams:

From Eight Men Out:


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      Kathleen Cochran 3 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends . . .

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      Kathleen Cochran 16 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Pitchers and catchers report TOMORROW!

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      Kathleen Cochran 17 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Catchers and pitchers report next week!

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      glassvisage: I recycled this hub for a new follower who is a huge baseball fan. Glad you caught it this go around. It was one of my first and actually a new draft of an old newspaper column of mine. Funny you and your coworkers were just on this subject. Great minds, I guess!

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      glassvisage 4 years ago from Northern California

      How funny, my coworkers and I were just talking about what a huge role baseball plays in America, Japan and other cultures, and how ingrained it is in the culture itself. Even though there have been drugging scandals, I still like that it is safer than football for the players, and it just feels like more of an all-American sport :)

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      tillsontitan: This one has been around for a while. I wanted to recycle it right at the end of the World Series and got distracted. Hey - it's still the holidays! Hope yours are merry!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This was simply put, great! What a tribute to baseball and baseball fans. It is a sport unto itself and you've really done a splendid job of honoring it. They don't call it the National pass time for nothing.

      You've more than done it justice for sure. Your writing is always a treat to read and this is no exception.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      haha, Kathleen, National League cousin! I'll try to check out your other baseball hubs soon! :-)

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Victoria Lynn: I'd be honored. This is not my only hub about America's Game. Hope you enjoy the others but - full disclosure- they are mostly about the Braves. But hey, we're National League cousins!!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      A woman after my own heart. I love baseball. It makes me think of spring, coming to life. I'm a Cardinals fan (since I was a little girl), so I've seen many great moments over the years. You're right, it's about moments in baseball. I wrote a hub about baseball after 9/11. Do you mind if I link your hub to mine? I love meeting others who appreciate baseball. :-)

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      billybuc: This was actually one of my first hubs. Seemed like a good time to recycle. Glad you caught it.

      Haven't been on HP a lot lately because I'm doing the final edit on a new book I'm writing on my experiences living in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. I have an excerpt here - simply titled MY WAR. Would love your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Kathleen, I don't know why I haven't seen anything by you of late, but as I was looking at your list this jumped out at me, and timely it is. That World Series was over much too quickly. Bring on the holidays indeed!

      Baseball is the only sport I know where fans will come out to watch a bad team night after night after night. Need proof? Our Seattle Mariners! Yes, they improved, but we all knew they were going to finish below .500 and they did not disappoint us, and we still showed up to cheer them on.

      God I love this sport!

      Of course I think this hub is terrific....and thank you for your kind words on my hub. I will be on the lookout for anything bearing your name in the future. :)

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Congrats to the Giants and the National League. Bring on the holidays to get us to April!

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks Mike Spain (cool name). I've written a couple on baseball - usually on the Braves. Who do you live and die with?

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      Mike Spain 5 years ago from USA

      cool hub!

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      Kathleen Cochran 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Because it's January and because this has been one of my most-read hubs, I feel compelled to put this article out there for all the baseball fans I see popping up on the latest hubs section. I don't think I could say this any better than I did here and it's January. We need to hear this.

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      Kathleen Cochran 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Barbsbitsnpieces - Love your call sign! It's always good to find a fellow fan of the game.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 6 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @Kathleen Cochran...There's no place like Fenway Park! Delightful Hub!

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      The Frog Prince 7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Nice Hub. I don't start really paying attention until the playoffs and things have shaken out a bit. I do like to go to live games. Watching other people might have something to do with that though.

      It's a relaxing way to spend a lazy summer day.

      Thanks for sharing K.

      The Frog

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      Marie Brannon 7 years ago

      Thanks for giving me a Sunday-morning smile.

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      Husky1970 7 years ago

      Massachusetts. Went to college in Boston. Have done hubs on Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard Basketbll.

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      Kathleen Cochran 7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I remember Eddie Matthews was still with the Braves when they came to Atlanta in '65. Do haven't been to Fenway, but it's on my bucket list!!! So, you're from Boston?

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      Husky1970 7 years ago

      Loved this hub. The American Pastime does offer so much. I was a Braves fan back when Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette pitched, Eddie Matthews roamed the hot corner, and Hammerin Hank hit all those dingers. I guess it was because of the old Braves Field in Boston. Now It's all Red Sox baby!!! Have you veer been to Fenway?


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