Friday, August 17, 2018
The third time may be the charm, but I am here this morning to present this ode for the 4th as the most important.
Singles and doubles are noteworthy in baseball and triples ARE exciting, usually a gapper or a banger off the wall, the hitter making the turn at second then sliding into third. But the home run, the FOUR bagger, is the one that wakes up the crowd and sells the most beer and cracker jacks. And isn't the most exciting play in baseball the inside the park homer?
Dylan sang to us about "positively fourth street."
In Texas Hold 'Em fourth street is the last card, the river card, time for the final wager.
Remember the FOUR elements: air, fire, water, and earth.
FOUR directions: north, south, east, and west.
Doesn't a square have FOUR sides?
In football fourth down is the end of the road. You don't convert on 4th you lose possession of the football. Isn't fourth and long the biggest uphill in football? The metaphor of "fourth down" has endless possibilities.
Historically two bits might have gotten you a shave and a haircut, but for 4 bits you could have met the barber's daughter. Historically the most famous yell in football begins "two bits, 4 bits, 6 bits a dollar, all for Auburn stand up and holler!"
Doesn't it typically take 4 attempts before you get it right particularly at my age?
I rest my case.