STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Who would write a book about baseball players’ injuries and why? 1990 Strongsville High School graduate, Dave Berger, who now lives in Texas, decided he would after chatting with his father, Glenn, who still lives in Strongsville. They started discussing what happened to “so and so” player with the funny injury they sustained. One of them said, “a book should be written about these injuries.” That started Dave’s journey of compiling these silly injuries.
It is aptly titled “Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Comical and Freakish Injuries We Cannot Make Up” and is a comical look at the various injuries baseball players have had. Some are simply ridiculous, especially those off the field. Whether it was falling out of the bathtub, getting bit by spiders in a hotel room, or getting bit by your mother-in-law’s dog, or any number of crazy, bizarre injuries, this book tells the players’ stories.
What the majority of these stories have in common was not only the zany nature in which these injuries occurred, but the fact that these players had to miss ballgames because of their injuries. Maybe that is what makes these injuries humorous because it could happen to any one of us.
The game of baseball is unique in that it has no time limit and is played by a bunch of individuals comprised in a team sport. For years, baseball has captured the imagination of the American public, only with the explosion of the NFL and more recently the NBA, has Major League Baseball taken a back seat to the abovementioned sports. Maybe if you watch the game on TV, it is played at a slower pace compared to football and basketball. But going to a game in person, is a completely different experience; one you will never forget. Ironically, most of the injuries occurred off the field versus on the field, which makes this book that more unique.
It is for sale now on Amazon at Amazon.com or search Take Me Out to the Ball Game on Amazon. A paperback version is $16.99. It could be just the perfect gift for the baseball lover in your family.
Wear a mask: Retail workers experience heightened stress and pressure during the holiday season, even in normal times. However, this year that stress is exponentially increased because of the serious health and safety risks resulting from the pandemic. Workers are in public-facing jobs and they interact with larger numbers of customers during the holiday season, risking their own exposure to COVID-19 as well as possibly bringing it home to their families. Customers can limit the exposure workers face by wearing a mask at all times while shopping, sanitizing their hands before and after entering a store, staying at least 6-feet apart from workers and other customers and most importantly, treating workers with dignity and respect while they shop. This holiday season, retail workers need customers to do everything they can to help keep everybody safe.
Youth theater: Beck Center for the Arts announces the virtual Youth Theater production, A Christmas Peril. It is a refreshing theatrical offering when we could all use a little something to chuckle about this season.
Everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens’ chestnut. A Christmas Peril takes an exuberant cast of twenty-five Beck Center Youth Theater student performers and drops them into a whirlwind plot of a play within a play. Everything that could go wrong does go wrong. This production begins Dec. 10 and runs through Dec. 13, with a student matinee on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 11 and Sat., Dec. 12, with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sun., Dec. 13. This virtual live production is perfect for all ages. Patrons can enjoy this production on their device, in the comfort of their home.
The show’s playwright, director, and long-time Beck Center theater educator Rachel Spence says that, “laughing at yourself, and a positive attitude go a long way” with online rehearsals, and that the young actors in the show are “having a blast with the comedy.” Ideally suited for a virtual production, this theater piece solves the issue of how to keep a cast of young performers, director, crew, and the audience safe during a pandemic, while delivering a fun comedy for the entire family.
A Christmas Peril tickets are available now at beckcenter.org. Tickets are $12 for one viewer, $22 for two or more viewers, or $35 for those who love the arts and want to support Youth Theater at Beck Center (as well cover ticketing system fees, and credit card fees).
Programming at Beck Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council. Beck Center gratefully acknowledges the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, creative arts therapies for individuals with disabilities, free gallery exhibits year-round, and outreach education programming.
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