Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Posted by Paul McNeil on Dec 21 2023 at 09:15PM PST in May 2023

Hi League,

I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

And I would like to share with you an Original Retelling of a Christmas Classic. (Hopefully this one becomes a classic as well)
Enjoy Everyone,

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land, Not a game was a playing, nor scheduled or planned,The cleats were all hung by the chimney with care,In hopes that a new season soon would be there,
The players were nestled all snug in their beds,While visions of softball games danced in their heads,
And coach with their clipboard, an empty field where they sat,Wondering where all the players were at,
When out on the drive there arose such a clatter,I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.Out there was a softball thrown through the air, so Away from the window I ran without care.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snowGave the lustre of a mid-day game to objects below,When, what to this pitchers eyes should appear,But an outfielder was running, towards the sounds of a cheer,
With their feet on the ground, so lively and with love, The players were out playing with a ball and their gloves.
More rapid than reindeer the sports fans they came,They whistled, and shouted, and called out their names,
“On Yogi! On Micky! On Reggie and Babe !! On Jackie ! on Dizzy! We miss our beloved Game!To the top of the podium! to the winner circle first!Now dash away! dash away! The past season the worst!”
So put on your Glove and pick up those Bats, The fields are fresh cut where the grounds crews are at, For the New Year is coming it won’t be the same,but if we all do our part we’ll get back in the game.
And then, with a twinkling, like the one in our eyeWe’ll see trophies lifted, see softballs fly high, As ice starts to melt, when the air’s not so cool,Our fielders, our pitchers with those hitters to fool,
Dressed all in uniforms, from head to their feet,Singles and 3 run shots lift us out of our seats.A crowd starts to gather as they finally come back,To games and away tournaments our suitcases packed.
Players eyes — how they twinkled! when they saw the fresh field!We wrap our bumps and bruises like presents which will all soon be healed.And the playoffs will come like the new morning snow,like Santa in his sleigh with gifts does he tow,
So speak not a word, use this time, set your sights,Keep training, keep working, to soon reach new heights.Like Christmas Eve patience, with presents under the tree, it will be that same excitement when our teammates we see.
Not a brace not a wrap, not an ice pack in sight we bring our good health,The greatest gift to an athlete, it’s greater than wealth !And you’ll hear us exclaim, as Winter flies out of sight,HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL IT’S GAME NIGHT!
-P. McNeil
Merry Christmas to all CSMS 55+ Players, Alumni, Friends and Families


2023-12-22T13:40:25.000-08:00December 22 2023, at 01:40 PM PST, Joe Elder said:

Hi Paul,
Good to hear someone else telling the story.
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

2023-12-26T16:12:51.000-08:00December 26 2023, at 04:12 PM PST, Wayne Kube said:

Paul, you never cease to amaze me! Whether it’s on the field hitting home runs or tracking down a flyball or the pictures you take or the work you do for the league which is so much appreciated. And now we find out you’ve a poet ,Yogi might say you’re very ambidextrous.! lol

Merry Christmas and. Happy New Year

Wayne Kube