Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen in Major League
Today after doing some work around the house and hanging around with Molly the dog as the Abbess has been away most of the week, I set about working on my first week of preparation for the comprehensive exams in my Masters is Military History program. After having finished all course work with a 4.0 GPA I want to kick this thing in the ass and get a “Pass with Distinction” on the exam. So as I sat down this afternoon without a baseball game in sight I switched to a college football game. I don’t mind college football, in person I like it better than the NFL, but it is not baseball. Football in all forms is a war and with the war comes a lot of noise and it seems to me that no matter how low I put the sound, with the exception of pushing the mute button, that I get a headache. It happened last week too. So as I collected my thoughts I decided to pick out one of my myriad of baseball movies Major League. This has been one of my favorite movies ever since it came out and I probably watch my DVD of it a couple of times a year. If I see it as I’m channel surfing I will watch it. Today was no different. With Molly at my side and Judy out I began to work on five separate thesis statements within my concentration area, which happens to be World War Two. If you have noticed my site has a decent number of military history posts and this is because I never really stop studying, reading or writing. A find lessons that are often applicable to the present when I do this type of research and analysis.
Molly Giving Me Advice on My Work
Anyway, back to the movie. Having been on some really bad softball teams and having my share of emotional moments even before my encounter with PTSD I really appreciate the movie. I really like the characters of Jake Taylor played by Tom Berenger and Ricky Vaughn played by Charlie Sheen. I kind of relate to both more like Ricky Vaughn in my younger days, though occasionally as people who know me well can attest I can be like “Wild Thing.” Mind you I have been tossed from ball games and tossed from the Army Chaplain Officer Advanced Course. However, now I relate more to Jake Taylor, the old worn out catcher with bad knees. Like the character Crash Davis in Bull Durham Taylor is the glue that helps keep the team together even though he is struggling with his own life, past failures and uncertain future I find myself wrestling with those things while still continuing to play the game to the best of my ability and eke out a few more seasons, in this case one last promotion so I can stay in a few more years and do what I love doing. I have no aspirations for much more on the Navy side because I’ve had a great ride and have gotten to serve far longer that I thought that I would when I started.
Of course the movie ended just in time to watch the Dodgers sweep the Cardinals in the National League Divisional Series. To say the least I did not expect a sweep. The Dodgers played extremely well while the Cardinals hitters couldn’t hit water if they fell out of the boat. The Phillies and Rockies were postponed due to winter weather conditions in Denver….of all the places that should have built a stadium with a retractable dome, Hey Denver can you spell Dome? I knew you couldn’t.
So I watched as I wrote and looked at the baseball fields and felt peaceful. The noise of the movie didn’t bother me, it wasn’t disruptive or intrusive. There is a song in it that touches me because of how much time I have spent away from Judy over the years. It is Most of all You by Bill Medley.
Woke up one day, what did I find Holes in my pocket, memories on my mind
So many things I lost on the way but most of all you
Pennies and dreams carelessly spent
Pieces of time and who knows where they went
Is there a chance to pick up the pieces and try for it all again
Sometimes you’re just so busy running, running round in circles
You never see you’re going nowhere.
Sometimes you get so tired of chasing, chasing after rainbows
You look around your life and find no one’s there
No one’s there, nooooooooo one’s there
If there’s a time everyone sees they may have missed the forest for the trees
How could I let the best things roll by and most of all you
You knew me better than I knew myself
Somehow you always knew there’d come a day I’d put my toys away
I was a fool traveling so far only to find that home is where you are
You are the way there, just let me stay there
I’ll have it all, if most of all there’s you……….
Now we do have a good marriage but I always have a tendency to get consumed by my work and when I let that get away from me as I often have in the past I miss really important things with Judy. Like Jake Taylor who is trying to recover a blown relationship with his one true love Lynn Wells played by Rene Russo I find that I have had to make up for lost time over the years spent on deployments, travel, exercises or duty. So anyway with that said it is time for me to get my ass to sleep.
Judy and I in Harrisburg PA on our 23rd Wedding Anniversary in between trips and deployments
Peace, Padre Steve+