By David Lias
The Vermillion Red 13-14 Teeners were crowned state champions on Sunday.
The Vermillion Post 1 Legion team came within a whisker’s width of upsetting Groton to claim the first place crown in the State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament in Webster on Tuesday.
So, it seems only appropriate to pause and reflect on the Great American Pastime. Baseball indeed is, for many, the greatest sporting endeavor that men and women may pursue.
There is also something about this game, this activity most of us were introduced to when we were still quite young, that inspires awe and wonder and a treasure of human expression.
- I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game. – Walt Whitman
- Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is. – Bob Feller
- Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of 10 and be considered a good performer. – Ted Williams
- Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it. – Al Lopez
- A baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown divided into nine innings. – Earl Wilson
- I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it. – Carl Yastrzemski
- One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something. – Nolan Ryan
- People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. – Rogers Hornsby
- This is my first season ever coaching, and I had this idea that I was going to talk to them, and they were going to learn from me, and I was going to give signs over at third base, and that was going to be my job,” he said. “What ended up surprising me so much is the connection – I love these kids, man. I feel like I’m best friends with every one of them. Late in the season, when stuff was happening on the field, I was feeling emotions with them because I we have become so close. – Caleb Miller, head coach of the State A Champion Vermillion Red 13-14 Teeners
- It was two great baseball teams. Neither one of us wanted to quit. A whole lot of credit to Travis and his boys over in Groton. I wouldn’t have asked for a better baseball team to play against in a championship setting. That just goes to show you that American Legion baseball at the B level is alive and well. – Jason Gault, head coach of the Vermillion Post 1 Legion team, which claimed runner-up honors after being defeated by Groton 9-8 in the championship game Tuesday.
- That’s a good team that we just beat. We knew that all along coming into the tournament. The more I watched them, the more I was impressed with them. It’s too bad somebody actually had to lose this game, because both teams are very deserving of this championship. – Groton coach Travis Kurth, describing the Vermillion Legion squad following their loss to his team in Tuesday’s State B American Legion Tournament in Webster.
Two local baseball seasons have just ended in grand fashion. Vermillionites would be wise to take in the few remaining games of the Vermillion 16 and under Teener squad, which, as I write this, are in the midst of regional tourney play. Tuesday night, they defeated Elk Point in a game here in Vermillion. Here’s wishing them luck tonight (Wednesday) as they continue play with another game at Prentis Park.
Don’t miss the waning seasons of local baseball teams in Vermillion. You’ll be missing out on, well, life.
- Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life. – Ernie Harwell