As some of you know, if I ever form a rock and roll band, especially with some of my fellow baseball aficionados, we’re going to call it Warning Track Power.
WTP, for those of you who don’t follow the national pastime, refers to a hitter whose deep drives tend not to clear the fence but to die on the warning track, the roughly 5-yard ribbon of dirt in front of the wall that lets a fielder running at full speed know he’s close to being in trouble.
Many years ago, my son Bob used to derisively refer to me as Warning Track Power because, well, I did have a high percentage of long fly balls fall short of demonstrating home run power.
Several years later, noticing a further breakdown in production, he changed that to Medium Depth Fly Ball Power.
Well, after going 0 for 4 with two popups and two weak ground balls in our season opener Wednesday night, I’d have been happy to have hit a medium depth fly ball. But the huge silver lining — remember that color deal for a few moments from now — is that we won 4-2 in 11 innings.
I like to get my hits as well as anyone, but it’s a team game and winning is what matters.
The newspaper business is also a team game, and if I ever form a band with friends from the DH, we likely will call it Black Plus Three, back-shop notation for a page that has full color capability: black, as well as yellow, cyan and magenta, which the press blends to make all the colors.
Anyway, I’m tired and thirsty now so will call that good for an intro and proceed to our rock and roll- and color-oriented list, which I was inspired to do Sunday morning when I turned on the radio and found the station playing its favorite songs with a color in the title.
Here we go:
1) Behind Blue Eyes, the Who.
2) Brown-Eyed Girl, Van Morrison.
3) Paint it Black, the Rolling Stones.
4) Tangled up in Blue, Bob Dylan.
5) Yellow Brick Road, Elton John.
6) Green Grass and High Tides, the Outlaws.
7) Bluebird, Buffalo Springfield.