Ozzie Smith is not running for political office, not yet anyway, but he sure seems to crave the attention of a politician. He’s campaigning to turn Opening Day into a national holiday.
I didn’t like Ozzy as a player performing cartwheels and aerials during infield warm up. At one point, it became part of the St. Louis Cardinal’s ritual as they took the field. I like him even less as a disguised politician.
I enjoy a carnival like atmosphere at a baseball game; the fireworks, midget pinch hitters, track star pinch runners. I welcome players wearing emotion on their sleeves; the Jeffrey Leonard one flap down; Tug McGraw dancing around the mound and talking to the ball; the Yasiel Puig exuberance, but when it comes to cartwheels, I prefer Nadia Comăneci
And when it comes to opening day, I prefer kids playing hooky or smuggling head phones into class and sliding them under shirts and into ears. I prefer Pirates over Cardinals.
Ozzie’s campaign features his own promotional video. Find the link yourself. I want no part in promoting Ozzie and Cardinals, schmaltzy music and Clydesdale horse hoofs superimposed with baseball shoes. I can’t get the name Adolphus Busch and St. Louis out of my head.
Here’s Ozzie in his Cardinal’s glory “sucker punching” Will Clark from behind. It happens very fast at the 13 second mark.