*If anybody of influence wants to tell Wabash that they're really missing out by not having me as an admissions officer, I would really appreciate it. Or even if you're not that influential. Every bit helps.
I'm on record of not being the biggest fan of college baseball, and I stand by that. Summer (and wooden bat) league, though, is a whole different story. I'd be lying if I said I'd rather go to a Dans game than an Indy Indians game (and definitely a Cubs or Cards game), but I'm a big fan of summer college ball. It's the cream of the crop for college baseball for cheap, and it helps when you've got a historic place like Danville Stadium to watch it in. I may be in the minority, but I eat this old stadiums up. Danville Stadium and its ilk are ten times more interesting than a Victory Field or Great American Ballpark (to name two newer stadiums that I've been to and liked). I suppose that has something to do with the historian in me.
Speaking of the historian in me, I'm going to get pretty serious about writing a couple history books, I think. First, I've been thinking for a long time about writing a book about the history of the Pacers and their relationship with Indianapolis. I haven't really done any of the research yet, but my sense of it was the Pacers came into being about the same time that Indianapolis was trying to become a major American city. It was already known, obviously, because of the 500, but having the Pacers (and their success in the ABA) made Indy a major league city. I don't think the Colts would have ever happened without the Pacers. Plus, it seems people have already forgotten that the Pacers owned the city for a long time, basically until Peyton Manning got here. I just don't think that's appreciate like it should be. So, yes, I would love to write that book, and I think I'm going to do as much as I can on straight research, and then seeing what sort of interviews can be arranged.
I'd also like to write a book about historic ballparks, but all the travel that would be involved in that would be a full-time job. Put that one on the back burner.
Anyway, everybody enjoy your Friday. I'm going to be busy with my soon-to-be brother-in-law's high school graduation, so I'll have to record Game 2 for the Stanley Cup tomorrow, I think. Plus, Cubs-Cards Round 2 starts tonight. Hopefully it goes better than the first time.