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Baseball has been very, very good to me. Your world can be racing towards total oblivion, crap storms can be raging around you, and a baseball game will put it all back into perspective for you. You can see everything at a ball park, and you will meet every type of person there is on earth, all while sitting in the sun with a Hot Dog and a glass of cold beer.

It has been said that the Lord subtracts no time from your life that you spend fishing, and I believe that is true, but I also so believe it true about baseball too. Even if you’re sitting at home or at a bar watching the game life’s pressures will be lifted from your shoulders while the game is on. Do you see the close connection between baseball and beer?

How to Move to the Philippines Manual

This year I followed my Boston Rex Sox even after their abysmal showing during the 2012 season. Then so called sports pundits, who command high salaries as they demonstrate their lack of knowledge on any given subject, but they will ramble on just the same with their flannel lips. As this year they predicted a repeat performance and once more were proven wrong and yet still get to keep their jobs.

All right you fans of the NFL whose teams have to rest a week between games, or the NBA where the game is for the most part decided within the last 10 minutes. Or Cricket where a match can last for days and only a few people on Earth actually know what is going on. Or the most popular sport on the planet Soccer” where is the game ends 0-0 (Or nil-nil) the fans seem happy. When the World Cup was played in the United States no one (Or very few) would watch it as they don’t finish the game with overtime, extra innings or some way to find a winner. Liberals will say it doesn’t matter who wins, it’s just the playing of the game that counts! To that I say; “Pure BS, if that was true, why was someone keeping score?

Okay, this site is about the Philippines right? So here it goes, on my Dream Satellite TV system Fox Sports broadcasted every game in the Post Season of the National and American League. Games 1 thru 5 of the World Series, up until Game Six of the World Series (World Series because Canada also has one baseball team) Then at 08:07 am, I dash to my living room and turn on the big screen and there on Fox Sports is the opening NBA Game, okay, okay, basketball is the most popular sport within the Philippines, but to block Game Six? What the hell!!!

I panicked, and this time, it was “The Lone Kano” who threw my arms into the air and ran through the house shouting; “Aye, Aye, Aye!”

Now the Day before I had been out to Baloy Beach, with Tommy and Loren and of course our beautiful ladies. For some reason the subject of Baseball had came up. So I first called Tommy and asked what to do?

Tommy talked me down and prevented me from leaping off my roof, by calmly advising me to download the Radio Online App, and tune it to ESPN, and listen to the ballgame. He was such a voice of reason!

As a boy in Boston, when I wasn’t skipping school and going to Fenway Park, I listened to the games on my transistor Radio, so I was no stranger to that. Problem solved. I was back in the game, The Philippines tried to throw me a curve ball, but with Tommy’s help I hit it over the Green Monster! Oh and later when the Basketball game was over they did broadcast the last of the game on TV.

Now for those of you who might for some reason have missed the game Boston spanked Sa Louis like they were a red headed foster child, winning the Series 4-2 and sending the Cardinal’s back across the Mississippi River with their tail feathers between their legs.

Wow, talk about a sore winner!!

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Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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Congrats for your team. even though I was born and raised in red sox country (maine) my family has been loyal….believe it or not YANKEES fans. even if you are a flat lander as my folks say I still love your articles. and to add one more reason for you to curse me GO ARMY!!!. LOL but for that one I think we have a few more years to go until we make it a challenge for you guys. cheers and god bless

Tommy
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Great article, but I am a Chicago Cubs fan, I am probably the only one who cant relate LOL – 1908 was the last World Series for us.. BUT, we do have the #Blackhawks lol – Hopefully my Filipina woman will bring us some luck in the next coming years! haaa

Dirk
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Dirk

Paul,

I watched a lot of baseball when I was kid, but did not become a true fan until 6/07/97. 6/07/97 was the day I attended Fenway park for the first time. I had been living in Boston for 3 months at that point. Of course that also turned me into a Red Sox fan. Go Sox!!!!!

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Dirk;
That park has history about it, when as a kid my Dad and sometimes uncles would take me, it was better than Disney Land. Welcome (belatedly) to the Red Sox Nation.

Hey Joe
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Paul, I am a Life long fan of baseball. Having said that it should be noted that I would much prefer to watch the Little league World series that the major Leagues battling it out. I see more baseball in its purest form with the kids not to mention the pure love of the game they display. No tantrums holding out for bigger salaries No brawls on the field if a wild pitch hits the batter. And it is a true world Series with South American and Asian teams being real contenders and often winning the series. That is why… Read more »

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Joe’
The equipment and land required is why baseball is not as popular here. As for Little League, how many scandals have there been using overage players? It is not as pure as the driven snow as some people think. And bench clearing brawls (Donny-Brooks in Boston) I find it exciting to see multi-millionaires fighting; I mean what can be more entertaining than that? Asia will play as soon as they learn to respect the umpire’s decisions which at this time they don’t. Asia can field some great players but within a corrupt system.

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loren pogue

Hey Joe “i can’t understand why Basketball is the Philippine Pastime and not Baseball” To be the national pastime people have to be able to participate. Here in Olongapo they play Basketball on half streets. The last lots big enough for baseball were developed long ago. No room to play.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Loren;
Without knowing it I parroted what you said above. We agree!

Jay McDowall
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Jay McDowall

I remember some baseball expert on espn or wherever saying that signing Victoroino was a expensive mistake.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Jay;
Ah the pundits who speak only to hear their own voices, and yet get to keep their jobs when they are wrong, sound like politicians doesn’t it! Shane Victoroino was an expensive mistake, but only for the Cardinals. That 3 run double in game six proved that!

Paul
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RED SOX? Oh man, that burst a big bubble. I thought the TV Patrol reporter said REDLEGS!

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Paul;
Are you confused with the Cincinnati Redlegs, but since you’re from Ohio I think I see the wishful thinking.
I was happy to hear the Typhoo left your area and that all is well with you!

Jun Trinidad
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Jun Trinidad

I guess the “Curse” of the Babe has no effect this year.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Jun;
Boston only traded the Babe, New York tore his house down, who do you think has the curse now?

PapaDuck
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PapaDuck

Paul,
We had the whole game six on Cignal Satelite. Even got to watch some college football yesterday morning which I enjoy every fall.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Randy;
Cignal is a good system, and they didn’t block the first part of Game Six. Maybe next year I’ll switch.

Bill
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Cards fan here! Born and raised around St. Louis. I did not watch any of the games but I would check online to see who won. I sad that we lost but I will say that it is a sweet loss when it is to a team that has not won it for as long as the Red Socks. Good for you and your hometown team.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Bill;
How long do you think it’s been since Boston took a World Series?
1903 Boston over Pittsburg (THE FIRST WORLD SERIES)
1912 Boston over New York Giants
1915 Boston over Philadelphia
1916 Boston over Brooklyn
1918 Boston over Chicago
2004 Boston over St. Louis
2007 Boston over Colorado
2013 Boston over St. Louis

The Boston Braves
1914 Boston over Philadelphia

pete
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pete

i guess he meant clinched it at home.

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Pete;
Where else but the oldest Ball Park in the Nation! If it wasn’t for Fenway Park I would have done better in School.

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