Just some thoughts:
“Loser or not, there is one Cub I cannot recall without a twinge of pain. Roy Smalley taught me, at age nine, why this is called a vale of tears.”
Bunt–George F. Will
In 1953 I was twelve years old and I remember Roy Smalley was the shortstop for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. At that time the Cubs did not have night games, no lights at Wrigley field so all game were day games. You could stick your head in at the local barber shop each afternoon and get the Cubs score. Most often it did not favor the Cubs.
The announcer said, “The Cubs have the bases loaded. If Smalley gets on, the tying run will be on deck. And Smalley is overdue for a hit.”Overdue. Meaning it was about time Smalley did something good. Side note: At the time he was hitting .249 which today would give him a boat load of money. Not so then.
Overdue can be a consoling or a troubling word, depends. It means in the scheme of things its about time things got better. One has had enough “Rainey Days and Mondays” and things were due to change.
I don’t know what happened to Smalley that time at bat. But hearing that word brings thoughts to me other than baseball. It brings some folks to my mind. I have and still do today know folks that are “overdue.” Overdue for better times, for less trouble, for some happiness, some good news.For a cat scan to read negative, for the word positive following a medical test of some kind not be spoken.
I just know too many people that I think are “Overdue” in life. Overdue for better times than in many cases they have had. God if you would just “cut some of these folks…some lack…please”…they are “overdue” for some goodness.
I bet you also know of such folks. (By the way the picture of is of Smalley’s son..who later also became a major league player.)
September 25, 2018
Posted October 8, 2018