Lady Loves Pinstripes is honored to welcome a guest post by baseball author, NCAA coach, mom and lifelong Tigers fan Jeanne Hess.
As a baseball lover, the mother of two Detroit Tiger draftees, and author of a sport-themed book, I couldn’t help but notice your blog. Thanks for letting me stop in to offer a few words. I was 10 years old when I experienced my first Tiger World Series championship. My 5th grade teacher, Mr. Somerville, brought a small black and white TV into our classroom because that was back in the day when the series was still played during the day. Most of the girls in my class would rather have been out jumping rope, but I was happy as a clam because these were my boys: Kaline, Cash, Horton, Freehan, McClain, Lolich, Northrup, McAuliffe, Stanley, and the Gator. Ray-O-Vac made a profit off me that year, because I used up tons of batteries listening to the games on the transistor radio hidden under my pillow.
I wrote about this love of the Tigers in my recent book, Sportuality: Finding Joy in the Games, as well as the rivalries that inevitably exist at all levels of sport. Rivalries can bring out the very best, or the very worst in all of us. Sportuality asks that we make it the best; that we honor the stories of each team, of each fan, of every season, as special. You see, the word “competition” literally means “to work with.” Therefore, we need the other to make us better. The world is less hateful when we honor the competition, and let go of the outcome. Continue reading ‘Yankees Universe do you know what Sportuality means?’ »