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TOYS AND GAMES: Rainy Days, Ali, Foul Balls, and Yogi

Back in the day, if we received the kind of weather we’ve received today in Tampa, my first instinct would have been to rush to the liquor store to load up on supplies to brave the storm. This morning I hustled to Publix to get strawberries and blueberries for my oatmeal. Am I getting soft?

In the aftermath of Muhammad Ali’s death, I’ve enjoyed seeing all the Ali — and Cassius Clay, footage that has been shown. I’ve also enjoyed some of his more profound quotes that have been shared. And my favorite? “Live every day as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”

During the late innings of Saturday’s rain-delayed Rays-Twins game a lazy foul ball dropped behind the home dugout where a young boy and his father sat. After the boy easily corralled the ball, I watched his father give him a hug. Pretty cool moment.

Finally, a Yogi Berra quote I had not heard until an old head in the press box told me about Berra’s answer when asked why he was such a good bad-ball hitter: “Because my father couldn’t throw strikes.”

After a brief Internet search, I couldn’t validate that this quote came from Berra, but it sure sounds like him.


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