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Late Fall Classic πŸ

Qatar may have the World Cup, but we have our own game, thank you very much. Here you see two balls hit from 40 feet out. 🏏 The closer ball to the manhole, and the bottle-knock bonus, are good for three points and two points, respectively. Final score in the Late Fall Classic: 15-10.πŸ† #manhole #baseball #sports #latefallclassic #sports #backyardsports #houston #texas #shotoniphone #shadows #grass #worldcup via Instagram https://instagr.am/p/Cld8yz0OAe4/

Quotes · You

“How can a guy think and hit at the same time?”

In honor of last night’s World Series no-hitter (this first since 1956) here’s a quote from Yogi Berra, the guy who never said most of the things he said. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Apparently he was frustrated with his coach, who told him to think his way out of a batting slump. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

How can a guy think and hit at the same time?

Yogi Berra

If you’ve tried to hit a 90 mph pitch (which I did once or twice at a batting cage), you know exactly what he’s talking about. You can’t even see the ball at that speed much less think about hitting it.

What are some other things you can’t think and do at the same time? Offhand I’m thinking of skateboarding, singing, dancing, playing guitar, shuffling a deck of cards, telling a joke…

Via The New Yorker.

The World

The weird, scrappy 2021 Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics are kicking off today. πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

I remember the Olympics being unambiguously awesome. 🀟

Things are more complicated today. Some Tokyoites are not too happy about hosting the games. Olympics officials are being fired for saying dumb things. There are lingering questions about whether rotating the Olympics is wasteful or whether we should have the Olympics at all.

Still, great athletes will be in Tokyo.

My favorite story is about athletes finding a way to stay in fighting form for an extra year despite the pandemic and wildfires.

From sword fighting in a New York City alley, to wresting with your brother, to swimming in a kiddie pool, this scrappy spirit is what the Olympics are all about.

πŸ‘‰Olympians Had to Train During a Pandemic. These Are Their Weirdest Stories.

All of this is via Apple News and their not-too-newsy daily news podcast.

I kind of like the classic round Olympic stadium in Tokyo. It looks like it’s from 1984.