Sports aren't really She Said's thing, though she does like to watch games where there's a lot at stake emotionally (Super Bowl XLIV) and she nearly always roots for the underdog. Mostly, she really enjoys the speed of college basketball, and the nostalgia of baseball.
She Said's dad is by no means athletic in the traditional sense, but he was a kid in the 1960s, a time when baseball represented everything that was wonderful about America, and She Said can picture so clearly her dad as a blonde, buzz-cut boy, baseball in hand. It's one reason she loves the movie The Sandlot
so much -- it's like a secret glimpse into her father's early life. He loves it too, by the way. For She Said, baseball represents America. It represents summer. It represents the simpleness of earlier times.
Next week is the 'Stros 2010 opening game, which illustrates another aspect of baseball - the idea of hope. By all accounts, this year will be a... how shall we say... rebuilding year
. In other words, don't get your playoffs hopes up. But lo, how many Cubs fan sat in abject horror as year after year the Curse of the Goat got their
goats. Houston will always love the Astros, no matter how many new players join the Killer Bs.More »