It was the top of the eighth inning and my beloved Indians were struggling to put the finishing touches on a victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, when out of the blue a little blackbird swooped down from the heavens and landed on second base.
The crowd – who hadn’t had much to cheer about all night – started laughing and pointing at the bird, eventually getting worked up and starting a “bird, bird, bird” chant.
The little bird, unaware he was causing a spectacle left second base and started walking towards third looking for all intents and purposes like it was leading off, preparing to steal third.
Of course, the crowd loved it and the TV commentators were quick to join the fun. Soon a raucous “third, third, third” chant shook the Green Monster as the bird ambled closer and closer to third.
The players, only vaguely aware of what was happening were trying to play the game and, when Shin-Soo Choo, righfielder for the Indians popped up to Manny Ramirez in left field to end the inning the crowd started the loudest “boo” of the night (and in Boston, that’s saying something). The bird, standing in front of the third baseman (three quarters of the way to the base) could no longer steal the base. The inning was over.
Ramirez (no surprise here) was a little confused by the “boo’s” from his hometown fans, at least until his third baseman pointed out the bird who had stopped his attempt to steal third and was, instead, heading to the Red Sox dugout which the announcers were quick to point out was the wrong dugout for the little guy. After all, he was attempting to score for the Indians.
In the end, everybody had a good chuckle and the fans (whom were otherwise disappointed with a losing effort by their home team) left with a good feeling and funny story.
This little snip of time, which I taped for my kids, got me to thinking. It’s interesting how often we attend events or functions expecting one type of experience and get something completely different. It’s also interesting how many times the experience we receive is so much better than the one we imagined. I expect this phenomenon holds true for your campers as well.
How often do they come to camp with one idea and leave with another? I bet it happens a lot. And, personally, I feel it’s one of the little joys of life.
So, here’s to a month of unexpected funnies. Hopefully as you enjoy this month’s issue, you’ll find a few nuggets that put a smile on your face and a song in your heart – a few surprises that brighten your day or give you something to share with a friend.
Till next month….
Rodney J. Auth