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Postby reznorsboy » Sun Jun 12, 2005 11:39 pm

RynMan wrote:But it still doesn't answer the big question that I can't seem to find an answer for...... HOW can I make my girlfriend like baseball???


Explain the rules!! She will be so impressed that you took the time to explain it that she will try to like it just for you!! And play Barry white in the background :-D
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Postby JTWood » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:27 am

You know what they say, the younger you get 'em, the easier it is to convert them. We can thank the Der Jungen for that lesson.

Seriously, though, when I was 5 (1983), my dad had me memorize the entire Cardinals WS roster along with lineup, player numbers, and BA. He even got me a Cardinals placemat so that I could "study" while I ate.

The other day, my dad asked me how my fantasy addiction was going...

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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:43 am

JTWood wrote:Seriously, though, when I was 5 (1983), my dad had me memorize the entire Cardinals WS roster along with lineup, player numbers, and BA. He even got me a Cardinals placemat so that I could "study" while I ate.

That is great. :-D
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Postby SHOCKandAWE » Mon Jun 13, 2005 8:18 am

RynMan wrote:But it still doesn't answer the big question that I can't seem to find an answer for...... HOW can I make my girlfriend like baseball???


Do you really want to go down that road? I compare this to teaching your girlfriend or wife about golf. This time is my time and it should be spent withe guys
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Postby Art Vandelay » Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:03 am

SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:
JTWood wrote:Seriously, though, when I was 5 (1983), my dad had me memorize the entire Cardinals WS roster along with lineup, player numbers, and BA. He even got me a Cardinals placemat so that I could "study" while I ate.

That is great. :-D


I disagree. I think it's ridiculous to demand, or even expect that of a 5 year old, or any kid. I'm a huge sports fan, but my dad never forced sports on me and I would never do that to my kid.

What's wrong with allowing a kid to develop his own interests?
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Postby Lofunzo » Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:01 am

RynMan wrote:But it still doesn't answer the big question that I can't seem to find an answer for...... HOW can I make my girlfriend like baseball???


Never an issue with me. Since day 1, my GF knew that if she wanted to spend time with me, it was gonna be with sports on. :-)
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Postby StlSluggers » Mon Jun 13, 2005 10:42 am

Art Vandelay wrote:
SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:
JTWood wrote:Seriously, though, when I was 5 (1983), my dad had me memorize the entire Cardinals WS roster along with lineup, player numbers, and BA. He even got me a Cardinals placemat so that I could "study" while I ate.

That is great. :-D


I disagree. I think it's ridiculous to demand, or even expect that of a 5 year old, or any kid. I'm a huge sports fan, but my dad never forced sports on me and I would never do that to my kid.

What's wrong with allowing a kid to develop his own interests?

You expect too much of a 5-year-old. At that age, my only interest was making my dad proud of me. He liked baseball and the Cardinals and that meant I did, too. I believe that's how it probably is for most children at that age.

And just so you know, it wasn't just the Cardinals or baseball. My dad was big on reading and memorization in general. Thanks to him, I could read at 4 years of age. If he hadn't taught me how to do that, the stuff on that placemat would have just been gibberish. I also had the order of the books of the Bible and the entire "Casey at the Bat" poem (among other things) memorized before kindergarten ever started.

I also learned crude mathematical skills thanks to baseball and my father. I could calculate batting average and ERA when I was about 6 years old.

My dad wasn't forcing baseball on me so much as he was using it as a tool to help me learn. I intend to do the same for my children, too, be it with baseball or some other medium.
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Postby Art Vandelay » Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:50 pm

StlSluggers wrote:My dad wasn't forcing baseball on me so much as he was using it as a tool to help me learn. I intend to do the same for my children, too, be it with baseball or some other medium.


Then I respectfully rescind my comments. It can definitely be a great learning tool...but when I read it the first time I had this picture in my head of you sitting at the table with your Cardinals placemat and your dad standing over you saying "No! No dessert for you until you tell me Ozzie Smiths slugging percentage last season."
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Postby StlSluggers » Mon Jun 13, 2005 12:57 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:
StlSluggers wrote:My dad wasn't forcing baseball on me so much as he was using it as a tool to help me learn. I intend to do the same for my children, too, be it with baseball or some other medium.


Then I respectfully rescind my comments. It can definitely be a great learning tool...but when I read it the first time I had this picture in my head of you sitting at the table with your Cardinals placemat and your dad standing over you saying "No! No dessert for you until you tell me Ozzie Smiths slugging percentage last season."

Lol… No, it wasn't like that. It was very much for fun.

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Postby Mookie4ever » Mon Jun 13, 2005 1:02 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:
StlSluggers wrote:My dad wasn't forcing baseball on me so much as he was using it as a tool to help me learn. I intend to do the same for my children, too, be it with baseball or some other medium.


Then I respectfully rescind my comments. It can definitely be a great learning tool...but when I read it the first time I had this picture in my head of you sitting at the table with your Cardinals placemat and your dad standing over you saying "No! No dessert for you until you tell me Ozzie Smiths slugging percentage last season."


Not to hijack the thread or anything but did you know that Ozzie's son Nikko made it to the top ten in American Idol this year?

Crazy. The kid was really good but was not very outgoing.
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