Take me home, Country Roads
The middle infield combination of Ronny Cedeno and Delwyn Young is turning heads. At the plate the duo has been getting on base and knocking the ball around. Lastings Milledge has been looking good and showing improvement. He belted his first homerun as a Pirate and has been hustling all over the diamond. Pitching has been on key thanks to Ross Ohlendorf and Paul Maholm. This tandem has been mowing down hitters and getting outs. Its great to see them turn around, especially against my most hated team-the Brew Crew.
In the midst of this winning streak I have been longing to go back to school. Its that time of year again where I pack up the Nissan and head back to another year of collegiate education. I am embarking on my junior year of college at West Virginia University. With two years under my belt it is simply amazing how time flies. I can remember moving into my dorm room with my parents by my side. Now I have my own apartment with three good friends ready to accept the challenge of becoming adults once again.
While I am happy to become a seasoned vet of the Moutaineers it is all bittersweet. It’s sad leaving everything I have back home in Youngstown. My family and friends are 2 and a half hours away but I still keep in touch with them. Here is a little taste of what I leave behind each fall when I head to Morgantown.
From Pittsburgh pride to WVU passion. We have a wall dedicated to the blue and gold of West Virginia. With a Fathead as teh centerpiece and programs around it this wall is very special to my family. With a long line of graduates I take great honor in carrying the WVU tradition.
One of the most memorable sporting events I have ever attended was the MLB All-Star game in 2006. Seeing a collection of the greatest players all on one field was outstanding. The game itself was thrilling. Trevor Hoffman blew the save and Michael Young drove in the winning run with a double off the wall in centerfield. The Homerun Derby was my favorite event of the week. Ryan Howard capped off the exhibition by banging a shot off on eof the “HIT IT HERE” signs. The crowd went nuts. It was the perfect eneding to the great showdown. The celebrity softball game and futures game were cool as well. I’m glad that we have a wall in honor of the week.
My dad’s favorite player in all of baseball history is Roberto Clemente. A true Pirate fan he stays at home with his honors, however there has always been a special place in his heart for Nolan Ryan. We have a nice set up for him which includes the ever famous 1964 Rookie Card. My father loved his hard throwing abilities and record setting years.
You may be wondering why there is a random pennant of the Twins and Nationals on the wall. However there is a legit reason. We also have 25 other MLB teams along the walls of the basement. Every stadium we go to we buy a pennant of the home team. Just as a way to remember our time with the team.
Didn’t believe me when I said I was a big Ian Snell fan. While now you should. Over the years I have collected these 10 cards of Snell. Whether it was from packs, card stores or ebay I got my hands on them and displayed them proudly.
Along with the Snell cards I also have a display of Pirate cards from all over the histor
y of the team. It took me a while I collect all of these cards but I have some from old players as well as current Bucs.
The picture at the top of the entry is me before taking off to Morgantown. I am now here in Mountaineer country ready to ‘study’ and get back in touch with my college spirt. I will post pictures of my apartment room setting in my next entry.
The Pirates are hosting the Reds this weekend. My dad, brother and some of his friends will be there. It is kind of sad seeing them go off like this. I would love to go with them but I have obligations here now. My life is progressing and my brother and dad will enjoy memories that we shared at one time as well.