This clip is from April 2016 from The Late Late Show with James Corden. The first half of the clip is sports-related, but not actually baseball-specific, so if you want to go straight to the baseball humor, skip to about the 2-minute mark.
This comedic bit was in response to Bryce Harper’s “Make Baseball Fun Again” cap from a couple years ago. As you would expect from late-night television, some of the jokes are a bit off-color, but he does throw in some pretty good political jabs.
This little cartoon from the 1960s tells the story of a baseball, appropriately named Abner, and his journey from the bottom of a ball bag to the halls of Cooperstown. It’s a fun twist to think about the game from the ball’s perspective, and I almost felt sorry for little Abner at times. (On the other hand, Abner does have a rather melodramatic “woe is me” sort of attitude about his situation, which also prompts a bit of snickering.)
I love how the cartoon spins a touch of reality into the saga, even if the details are a bit sketchy. The Mickey Mantle caricature is particularly amusing, as he carries himself in a manner that I’ve never associated with the real Mantle.
Well, at least the Peanuts gang gets to put one in the win column for a change.
I’m of two minds about the sentiment in this strip. On one hand, the purist in me wants to respond in outrage: “How dare you! You just don’t understand baseball nor appreciate its intricacies!” On the other hand, playing a video game is more active while sitting and watching a ballgame is inherently more passive. You’re more in the game when playing it on a console than you are when watching others do it. I suppose the argument can be made that the kid could just go out and play baseball for real, but how easy is it, really, to get together enough folks for a pickup game anymore?
Of course, this year’s Red Sox don’t quite work with this joke. Perhaps I should have replaced them with the Royals.
A couple recently got a divorce and they decided to move away from each other and go their separate ways. So, the father sat down and talked with his son and he said “Son, I think that it is best that you go and live with your mother.”
The kid said, “No, I won’t, because she beats me.”
Then, the mother came in and talked to the son, “I think it is best that you go and live with your father.”
“NO. NO,” he replied, “He beats me.”
So then, both the parents sat down and said to their son, “Well, if we both beat you, then who do you want to live with?”
The son said, “The Red Sox. They can’t beat anyone.”
Poor Calvin. It’s hard to enjoy being a part of something when you have no understanding of what’s going on.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.