Hall of fame-worthy. It’s the season for announcing such

which reminds me*

that the only musician to be inducted up in Cooperstown is John Fogarty

which reminds me

that that man who sings to me every day is learning Fogarty’s Put Me In Coach

which reminds me

to listen to the lyrics more closely

which prompts me to think of yet another guy named John who’s trying to make peace in the Mid-East.

Hall of Fame-worthy?


* I got thinking about this after reading the daily prompt from our WordPress people. Not being a baseball insider I see stuff from a different angle. I like this. Here’s the prompt:

Daily Prompt: The Outsiders

by michelle w. on January 9, 2014

Tel us about the experience of being outside, looking in — however you’d like to interpret that.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us OUTSIDE.



3 thoughts on “I’m listening to “Put Me in Coach” (he’s learning it and plays it every morning while I sip tea), and I wonder about the origin of the phrase “hold the phone.” In the pre-cell phone era sportswriters would have their stories partially or almost written so as to be quick to the one phone as the game was ending. But they’d yell Hold the Phone when unexpected last minute developments begin to lead to a very different outcome than what was expected. This gives me another shot at the idea that CHANGE IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE. (Another phrase from the song is “anyone can understand how I feel, I’m ready to play…” and I think, “or eat more veggies, put my feet up, be someone’s safety net, practice my cello more, eat non-GMO foods, turn the lights out in a room I leave, listen, really listen when he tells me something, pin my shoulders to my backbone, keep my chin tucked, eat only 1/2 cup servings of Moose Tracks, make world peace. Or–yes, yes–even play center field. (A 420 Character, 9-Liner by Patty)

  1. Thanks for this one, Patty. Reminded me of my dad, who was a pitcher in the glory
    days. Also, a few months ago I saw John Fogarty in concert here in St. Aug. Now
    he plays all of his hits backed up by his two sons but he has lost none of his power.
    Performed for over two hours with no breaks and no intro act. Amazing.
    Also reminds me that somewhere I have a photo (b and w) of my dad in a pitching
    pose. Must find it.


    1. Remind me, Sayra: Your Dad, he was, like, in The Game, up there with the Big Guys?
      (BTW: keeping warm down there? I just saw a picture of the Big Freeze from space via the BBC. Wow)
      As for John Fogarty? I love this guy. Credence Clearwater LPs were amongst our early music back there in 1968-1970. In fact I think Blood, Sweat, and Tears and Cosmos Factory were our ONLY two records!


  2. What does “with bells on” mean? It just came up the other day? I think a lot of these sayings were related to something specific during the time in history when they were coined. As for tucking your chin in, I got my turkey neck with a version of that by lying on the couch & reading. Thank goodness, there are exercises to help eliminate it (whew!)–one of my resolutions.


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