The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

March 31, 2014

Mike Pound: Opening day means juggling baseball, work

I am doing two things at once, and so far things are all right.

If you are a young person, doing two things at once is no big deal. Actually, if you are a young person, doing two things at once is what doing one thing at once used to be for old people. Young people normally do five or six things at once.

The other day, our 16-year-old daughter, Emma, said she was going up to her room to study. A while later, when I checked on her, Emma was sitting on her bed. She was reading a schoolbook with the TV on. She also was searching for something on her computer while texting on her cellphone.

“I thought you were studying,” I said.

“I am,” Emma said.

“I see,” I said, although from what I could see, Emma wasn’t studying.

The two things I am doing right now are writing this column and watching the St. Louis Cardinals play the Cincinnati Reds on opening day.

To be honest, it’s sort of a stretch to say that I’m watching the Cardinals play the Reds. What I’m doing is listening to the game while I type, and if something interesting happens, I look over at the TV screen.

Once I tried watching a baseball game while I typed, but most of my sentences read like this: “Ue39kmr,. Oo4[]t.”

So I don’t do that anymore.

And if you factor in the commercials, which I completely ignore, I think it’s fair to say that I actually spend more time writing my column than I do watching baseball.

I think that says a lot about my nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about an effort by Anheuser-Busch and Hall of Fame Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith to make baseball’s opening day a national holiday. I’m not sure how that project turned out, but the fact that I’m working on Monday tells me opening day is not a national holiday.

Sigh.

It’s probably just as well. If opening day were declared a national holiday, we would have to buy opening day greeting cards, and my wife would insist on having an opening day party complete with baseball-themed decorations and foods.

As far as I’m concerned, the quickest way to ruin something is to junk it up with greeting cards and decorations.

So opening day is not a national holiday, and I’m writing this column while watching the Cardinals play at the same time. It’s a tough job, but I figure someone has to do it so it might as well be me.

This year, all the baseball “experts” are predicting that the Cardinals are going to be very good, which of course makes me nervous. I’m nervous for a number of reasons. The first reason I’m nervous is because I have found that most of the baseball experts who predict things are morons. If you really are a baseball expert, you know that only morons try to predict which teams are going to do well. The best years for the Cardinals have come when all the experts predicted the Cardinals were going to suck.

Besides, I think it’s bad luck to go into any sort of competition confident that your team is going to do well. For example, I was confident going into the NCAA basketball tournament that the Kansas Jayhawks were going to do well.

So how did that work out for me?

... I’m sorry ... I had to stop writing for a few minutes while I watched a replay of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina throwing out a runner at second base, but now I’m back.

... Whoops, Matt Adams just hit a double, so I have to stop again. I’ll be right back. ...

There, I’m back again. Whew, this doing two things at once is harder than it looks. But if that’s what it takes to welcome the start of another baseball season, that’s what I will do.

It’s that nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic of mine.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA for Mike Pound’s column? Call him at 417-623-3480, ext. 7259, or email him at mpound@joplinglobe.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikepoundglobe.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • r072814dogbike.jpg Cross-country trip promotes animal adoption

    Where’s Bixby? Not the town in Oklahoma, but the dog on the back of a bicycle ridden by Mike Minnick. On Monday, the two were in Joplin, one stop on a cross-country bike trip to promote the adoption of dogs and cats from local shelters.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4.3 magnitude quake reported in northern Oklahoma

    The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 struck northern Oklahoma on Monday night.

    July 29, 2014

  • Update: 4 workers injured in SE Kansas oil refinery fire

    A Texas company says four workers at a southeast Kansas oil refinery were burned in an early morning fire.

    July 29, 2014

  • Seneca man draws concurrent term in sexual abuse case

    A 39-year-old man who sexually abused a girl over a four-year period in both Joplin and Seneca received a 15-year sentence Monday in Newton County that will run concurrently with a term he received earlier this year in Jasper County.

    July 28, 2014

  • Judge lifts seal on records in Parsons quadruple slaying

    A judge has rescinded his order sealing court records in the case of David Bennett Jr., who is accused of killing a Parsons woman and her three children.

    July 28, 2014

  • Defendant who pulled knife on ER doctor sent for treatment

    A man accused of pulling a knife on a Freeman Hospital West emergency room doctor pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday and was sentenced to the state prison system’s Institutional Treatment Center.

    July 28, 2014

  • Wal-Mart to build second local Neighborhood Market

    A second Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market store is planned for Joplin. The company has filed an application with the city to rezone nearly six acres of land on the west side of town in the tornado zone to build a new Neighborhood Market and gas station.

    July 28, 2014

  • r072814mailcar.jpg VIDEO: Train mail car trailered on Joplin's Main Street to Redings Mill

    With a police escort leading the way Monday, postal car No. 34 breezed through downtown Joplin en route to its new home in Redings Mill, where it was greeted by a welcome party of local residents and railroad enthusiasts.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Anti-landfill group seeks grand jury probe

    As more than 200 people filed into Riverton High School on Sunday to attend an anti-landfill group meeting, many stopped to sign a petition asking the Cherokee County District Court to summon a grand jury to investigate how land was acquired by the city of Galena for a proposed landfill.

    July 27, 2014

  • 072814_jd anderson.jpg VIDEO: Noel strongman advances on talent show

    The past week has been busier than normal for Noel resident J.D. Anderson. Members of the production crew for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” told him they have shot more footage of him than of other contestants for the next episode. “They said I have the busiest schedule of anyone this week,” Anderson told the Globe in a phone interview Friday. “There’s so many fun things you can do with B-roll as a strongman.”

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Sports
Photos


Facebook
Poll

Given that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that electronic devices and communications are protected from searches and seizure without a warrant, do you think Missouri needs Amendment 9 added to its constitution?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Opinion
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter