Romeos @ Aphrodites

2007 Valentine's Day Game

Personal Cosmic Baseball Game

This season, the teams competing in the annual Valentine's Game consist of related lovers, fictional and real. Each player, Romeo and Aphrodite, are paired at positions and batting order. (Following this logic, the question comes up: Why isn't it the Romeos @ Juliets? Answer: There already is a cosmic baseball team called the Juliets and they compete in the restricted Havelock Ellis/Krafft-Ebing League.)

This was a baseball lover's game. Taut pitching, each at bat a psychodrama...the tension stayed pitched until the end. Baseball purists prefer low scoring pitching duels, more so in these days of pumped up offense.

Aphrodites Win, 1-0

In baseball, romance is everywhere! ...No team sport lends itself more to male-female bonding than baseball. We need to look no further than that mirror of society, Hollywood, to make our case...Teresa Wright stands by a dying Lou Gehrig (as played by Gary Cooper) in "Pride of the Yankees." Doris Day gives strength to the alcoholic, epileptic Grover Cleveland Alexander (yes, that's Ronald Reagan) in "The Winning Team," while the same can be said for Ruby Dee in "The Jackie Robinson Story" and Joanne Dru in "Pride of St. Louis." Kevin Costner would never have built that field if wife Amy Madigan weren't in his corner the entire time. And is there anything more romantic than "Bull Durham"? (--"Baseball and Romance" By Marshall Adesman)

The Lovers

CATCHERS. Abelard & Heloise. Almost a thousand years ago, a teacher fell in love with his student. Almost a thousand years ago, they began a torrid affair. They made love in the kitchens of convents and in the boudoir of the girl's uncle. They wrote hundreds of love letters. When the girl bore a child, they were secretly married, but the teacher was castrated by henchmen of the enraged uncle. At her lover's bidding, the girl took religious orders. He took the habit of a monk. They retreated into separate monasteries and wrote to each other until parted by death. --Cristina Nehring. Published: February 13, 2005 in the New York Times

CENTERFIELDERS. John & Abigail Adams. It's very clear that this was one of the great love stories in our history, and a true love story. But they loved each other not just by gazing at one another, but by looking out in the same direction. Abigail Adams, too, was a profound patriot and supported all that John Adams did her whole marriage to him." --David McCullough as quoted in "Cons in Love:Love in the Conservative World" in the National Review, February 14, 2006.

SHORTSTOPS. Antony & Cleopatra. Antony was so captivated by her, that while Fulvia his wife maintained his quarrels in Rome against Caesar by actual force of arms, and the Parthian troops...were assembled in Mesopotamia, and ready to enter Syria, he could yet suffer himself to be carried away by her to Alexandria, there to keep holiday, like a boy, in play and diversion, squandering and fooling away in enjoyment that most costly, as Antiphon says, of all valuables, time. --From "Cleopatra Seduces Antony, 41 BC"

THIRDBASE. Petrarch & Laura. Falling in love at first sight, Petrarch would be haunted by her beauty for the rest of his life. Already being married Laura would turn down all advances he made toward her. She died at the age of 38 in the year 1348, on April 6th, Good Friday, exactly 21 years to the very hour that Petrarch first saw her (as he noted in his copy of a work by Virgil)...Several years after her death, Maurice Sceve, a humanist, visiting Avignon had her tomb opened and discovered inside a lead box. Inside was a medal representing a woman ripping at her heart, and under that, a sonnet by Petrarch. --Peter Sadlon?

SECONDBASE. Dante & Beatrice. Dante and Beatrice first met in Florence when he was nearly nine years old (1274) and she was just turned eight. She was dressed in soft crimson and wore a girdle about her waist. Dante fell in love with her at first sight and thought of her as angelic with divine and noble qualities. He frequented places where he could catch a glimpse of her, but she never spoke to him until nine years later. Then one afternoon (1283) he saw her dressed in white, walking down a street in Florence. Accompanied by two older women, Beatrice turned and greeted him. Her greeting filled him with such joy that he retreated to his room to think about her. Falling asleep, he had a dream that became the subject of the first sonnet in his La Vita Nuova, one of the world's greatest romantic poems. --Peter Y. Chou, August 28, 1999.

FIRSTBASE. Oliver & Jennifer. I'm a Chinese living in China. I watched this movie on TV days ago and have been thinking of it these days. It touched me much. How many people can experience such a profound love, into the fresh and bone? Jenny died, but the love went on. I can't imagine what a life Oliver would go. It must be very hard. "There will never be another love another time" (as in the song 'love story'). --A review from an user.

RIGHTFIELDERS. Henry & June. I notice her coming towards me; she is coming with sails spread, the large full face beautifully blanced on the long, columnar neck...The whole being was concentrated in the face. I could have taken just the head and walked home with it; I could have put it beside me at night on a pillow, and made love to it. The mouth and the eyes, when they opened up, the whole being glowed from them...The smile was so painfully swift and fleeting that it was like the flash of a knife. This smile, this face, was borne aloft on a long white neck, the sturdy, swan-like neck of the medium-- and of the lost and the damned. -Henry Miller describing the first time he saw June.

LEFTFIELDERS. Bob & Charlotte. Over the course of the narrative a decisive connection is made between Bob and Charlotte, but how do we understand it? Is it love? Is it a holiday romance? Is that final kiss platonic, or romantic? This ambiguity is an example of Lost in Translation's resistance to convention. Conventionally in mainstream cinema, the kiss reveals secrets, designates desire, establishes the couple and signifies resolution by reinforcing the myth of romantic love. --Neon Gothic: Lost in Translation by Wendy Haslem

PITCHERS. Frank & Cora. There is an immediate attraction between Frank and Cora, and they begin a passionate affair. Cora, a femme fatale figure, is tired of her situation, married to a man she does not love, and working at a diner that she wishes to own and improve. She and Frank scheme to murder Nick in order to start a new life together without her losing the diner.--From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Game Notes

Time 3 hours and 15 minutes
Weather Fair, Warm, 73o
Umpires Casanova, Catherine the Great, Don Juan
Official Scorer Saint Valentine


Fourth inning double drives home Heloise scoring the decisive and only run of the game.

What's love got to do with it?

02-[1]4-2007 10:26:51  
Lineup: Romeos
Abelard           C
JohnAdams         CF
Antony            SS
Petrarch          3B
Dante             2B
OliverBarrett     1B
HenryMiller       RF
BobHarris         LF
FrankChambers     P
Lineup: Aphrodites
Heloise           C
AbigailAdams      CF
Cleopatra         SS
Laura             3B
Beatrice          2B
JenniferCavalleri 1B
JuneSmithMiller   RF
Charlotte         LF
CoraSmith         P
     Inn. 1: Romeos
[Starter] CoraSmith
Abelard           1-3        . . .
JohnAdams         6-3        . . .
Antony            7          . . .
     Inn. 1: Aphrodites
[Starter] FrankChambers
Heloise           K          . . .
AbigailAdams      6-3        . . .
Cleopatra         7          . . .
     Inn. 2: Romeos
Petrarch          8          . . .
Dante             6-3        . . .
OliverBarrett     4-3        . . .
     Inn. 2: Aphrodites
Laura             8          . . .
Beatrice          5-3        . . .
JenniferCavalleri 4-3        . . .
     Inn. 3: Romeos
HenryMiller       1B         . . X
BobHarris         4UN F      . . X
FrankChambers     1-3 SAC    . X .
Abelard           3UN        X . .
     Inn. 3: Aphrodites
JuneSmithMiller   3 (Foul)   . . .
Charlotte         6-3        . . .
CoraSmith         7          . . .
     Inn. 4: Romeos
JohnAdams         E-6        . . X
Antony            5-3        . X .
Petrarch          5-3        . X .
Dante             BB         . X X
OliverBarrett     5UN F      . X X
     Inn. 4: Aphrodites
Heloise           1B         . . X
AbigailAdams      6          . . X
*SB:Heloise       SB         . X .
Cleopatra         2B         . X . 1
Laura             5-3        . X .
Beatrice          5-3        . X .
     Inn. 5: Romeos
HenryMiller       1B         . . X
BobHarris         6          . . X
FrankChambers     5-3 SAC    . X .
Abelard           4-3        X . .
     Inn. 5: Aphrodites
JenniferCavalleri 5-3        . . .
JuneSmithMiller   2B         . X .
Charlotte         5-3        . X .
CoraSmith         6-3        . X .
     Inn. 6: Romeos
JohnAdams         8          . . .
Antony            1B         . . X
*SB:Antony        SB         . X .
X@3:Antony        CS 2-5     . . .
Petrarch          4-3        . . .
     Inn. 6: Aphrodites
Heloise           6-3        . . .
AbigailAdams      8          . . .
Cleopatra         2B         . X .
Laura             7          . X .
     Inn. 7: Romeos
Dante             E-8        . X .
OliverBarrett     5-3        . X .
HenryMiller       9          . X .
BobHarris         5-3        . X .
     Inn. 7: Aphrodites
Beatrice          1-3        . . .
JenniferCavalleri 4-3        . . .
JuneSmithMiller   3-1        . . .
     Inn. 8: Romeos
FrankChambers     E-6        . . X
Abelard           2-3 SAC    . X .
JohnAdams         8          . X .
Antony            8          . X .
     Inn. 8: Aphrodites
Charlotte         8          . . .
CoraSmith         8          . . .
Heloise           1-3        . . .
     Inn. 9: Romeos
Petrarch          5-3        . . .
Dante             6-3        . . .
OliverBarrett     5-3        . . .

Aphrodites Win, 1-0


Personal Cosmic Baseball Game Report
Romeos @ Aphrodites
Published: February 14, 2007

Dedicated to the ones I loved

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