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America’s Birthday!

I can’t think of a better day to talk about baseball than July 4th!
Those of a certain age remember the Chevrolet commercial that had a particular take on a famous phrase, when they adopted the slogan “Mom, apple pie, and Chevrolet!”
The time-honored baseball version of the above phrase is a bit of a cliché. Yet when looked at in detail, there’s a good reason such expressions are frequently repeated. They are filled with common sense and wisdom.
Baseball is at the center of American culture. As a German spy famously said during World War II, “If you want to get to know the heart of America, learn baseball.” Understanding and being able to converse about baseball was one of the tactics German spies used as they attempted to infiltrate the American front lines during WW II. They thought it was an easy way to trick American soldiers while not revealing themselves as spies.
Who doesn’t love a casual conversation about baseball? Especially during the stresses of war.
Yogi Berra, who is known for many famous sayings, especially “I didn’t say everything I said,” may have put it best. He summed up many of the great expressions we will most likely hear in our travels today. This particular quote is credited to Yogi, but it cannot be confirmed that he was the first to say it. “Boy, that Shakespeare sure wrote a lot of clichés!”

Happy 4th of July everyone!

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