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when a sundial says neither here nor there


I was never sure about the word attrition as in war of attrition so I never used it in a sentence. But I looked it up this morning and don’t remember why I looked it up, but I liked the definition that popped up on google.

a wearing down or weakening of resistance, especially as a result of continuous pressure or harassment.”



Sounded like a recipe for an uprising; a dormant volcano reviving, the tying of one’s shoes at the end of a day when the weight of the world avalanches all around and nothing would be better than going to sleep, but there are still dishes to wash and the garbage to take out.

I like twilight and whatever the equivalent is called in the morning when neither light or dark rules. I can never tell if night or day is nearing. It’s the same with sunsets or sunrises. I never know which is which.

I’m always a little suspicious of three run home runs in the first inning. The air loses electricity and is replaced by honey. It’s thick and lazy. The home crowd gets quiet and kind of smug.

Carlos Gomez hit a three run home run in the first inning Tuesday night and Mark Reynolds hit a solo bomb in the second. The Brewers were leading 5-0 after four innings. Then the Orioles did a little doh reh mee in the 5th, 6th, and 7th scoring 1,2, and 3 runs to take the lead 6-5.

This type of comeback by a visiting team pisses off fans. It’s noticeable in the rally cheers. They sound like judgments. The monster has awoken. They want their money’s worth.

I don’t know what impact it has on players. Teams sometimes go quietly down in order 1-2-3, inning after inning, then game over and other times, balls find holes and bizarre things happen. They rally. Some call it cardiac kids; a team filled with heart and never say die.  The number crunchers  don’t bother. They just put their calculators down and celebrate the law of averages getting snuffed.

celebration; associated press

associated press

The Brewers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth just like the Orioles had done on Monday. And when Yovani Gallardo stepped into the on deck circle in the bottom of the tenth Tuesday, we all knew the Orioles would intentionally walk Mark Reynolds to face a pitcher making a somewhat rare pinch-hitting appearance.

But we also knew this was no ordinary hitting pitcher. Gallardo is the Carlos Zambrano of today’s game. He is the home run king among pitchers with 12 career blasts. We were glad the Orioles walked Mark Reynolds. The winning run was on second base. A base hit would end the game.

Gallardo crushed the ball; sending it off the left center field wall for a game winning double. It was just before midnight. Final Score Brewers 7, Orioles 6. The Brewers are 31-22.



Author: Steve Myers

I grew up in Milwaukee and have been a Milwaukee Brewers baseball fan for as long as I can remember.

8 thoughts on “when a sundial says neither here nor there

  1. WordPress cut off the tail end of your “attrition” definition, but fortunately, Google is useful for re-finding things. I’ve always thought of that morning twilight period as “dawn” in general, but I don’t know if there’s actually another word for it. It’s an interesting thought.

    • I tried to edit the remainder of attrition’s definition back into the post, but it stayed cut off, so I left it as is and in a certain way it seems fitting. Maybe it’s because being down during a state of attrition can sometimes result in a person, platoon or team ignoring the reality and as a result, begin a comeback.

      I always thought of twilight as happening before night fall probably because baseball always called two games at night a twi-night double header, but you’re right Precious. I looked it up. Twilight occurs both before night time and light of day and sort of serves as book ends or beginnings to both the beginning and the end of light.

      As always, you have me looking things up and feeling inspired. Thanks Precious.

  2. I believe the morning phenomenon is called “false dawn”. Whatever it is, I agree with you—I like’em both.

    • Yeh, you’re right Allan. I googled “false dawn” and it says something about the light in the sky right before the sun rises or as a metaphor to “auspicious debuts turning sour.

      Thanks Allen. Ya know, it kinda reminds me of that baseball book by Pat Jordan-A False Spring. I like that book. All the hope and promise of a minor league prospect never really panning out, but what a colorful blues song that book is.

  3. Yep, always loved any state of ambiguity, twilight included.

    Braves had a similar night without the win though. Who could blame them for losing when there were way too many Red Sox fans at Turner field. Down right embarrassing for the Bravos.

    It didn’t bother B.J. Upton, he doubled to keep his average over .200 🙂

    • How BJ Upton still stays in the lineup for even 400 at bats must have something to do with his name. I thought for sure he would be in Japan by now.

  4. Carlos Gomez is the MAN! I also liked how that pre teen he pulled out of the stands threw a perfect strike but a studio gangster like 50 cent throws like my grandma.

    • The marketing war is impressive, eh? After all the Gomez as bad influence and not what MLB wants as a poster boy, the Brewers battle back with his hugs to teenager Jordan Hynum and her praising Gomez as “kindhearted” and a good family man.

      It’s a good thing you sent Gomez that how to talk to the plastic people brochure. The Gomez marketing skills improve every day.

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