June 28, 2015
(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year where I write and illustrate a blog on each day’s gift.)
|David Ettlin with Buck Showalter gnome.|
After storms postponed yesterday’s game, the rescheduled Orioles game tonight against the Cleveland Indians ended with an 8 to 0 Baltimore victory. A highlight of the game was a fantastic and dramatic stretched diving catch by Travis Snider, who also hit one of the game's homeruns. The Orioles showed gnome mercy to the Indians.
What a fun time with husband David and friend Stacy. It was a game honoring Orioles manager Buck Showalter and a huge crowd of Baltimore fans lined up to enter the stadium and claim their free Buck Showalter garden gnome. Of course, we all rooted for the gnome team. At the 7th inning stretch, we sang John Denver’s Thank God, I’m a Country Boy instead of his well-gnome song Country Roads Take Me Gnome.
What’s more American than baseball and garden gnomes…and all the puns that follow. One fan informed us that it wasn’t weather that had postponed the original game but health concerns about gnomonia. Of course, when talking about gnomes, one must use the correct gnomenclature, as David reminds me. (I’m not sure if I’ve done this.) One fan held a sign: Buck Showalter—to gnome him is to love him. After the game, cheering fans left the stadium saying goodnight to their friends with phrases like, “Nice gnoming you.” And they returned home because there is no place like gnome.
Gnome puns intended.
My gift today is a garden gnome.
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