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Ricky Blue's Other Life
Ricky Blue
Ricky Blue
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is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Ricky Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

His columns are archived here

Posted 03.08.04

RICKY BLUE

The Kids of Summer Cometh

Here we are, still in the depths of a very long Canadian winter. Yet already, the life-giving moisture from the first thaw is beginning to seep down toward the waiting seeds deep in the ground.

Already, birds on high branches are looking out toward the warming sun.

Already, potholes are getting so big they can swallow a Honda Civic.

And, already, the Lakeshore Baseball Association is beginning registration of boys and girls for the 2004 season. Yes, it's time to think about The Kids of Summer.

I have been involved with baseball here on the lakeshore for ten years. I started my son at T-ball. The biggest problem then was trying to get the kids not to build sand castles in the infield while the game was on. We graduated through pitching machine right up until he was a pitcher.

At first, a no-hit game was when he didn't hit any batters with the ball. Now at fourteen, thanks to the guidance and patience of so many volunteer coaches, he is trying out for Bantam BB. For that I am grateful.

Baseball is a great game for kids. It provides friendly competition and teaches them lessons that they don't learn at school. Lessons they can only learn by living through.

How fortunes rise and fall. How anything is possible. How the mighty can fall. And how underdogs can come back and win the day.

I've seen triple plays, grand-slam home runs, and teams come back from being behind 20-0. I have seen tragedy and comedy, misery and ecstasy on the diamond. All of the things that make life worthwhile.

And on the sidelines are minivans, bicycles, parents, siblings, and dogs. The air filled with the sounds of cheering and laughing, yelling and barking. It's a great summer spectacle.

The Lakeshore Baseball Association serves Kirkland, Beaconsfield, Baie d'Urfé, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, and Senneville. It is the largest association in Quebec. The parents who run the association always do a fine job.

But they always need parents to volunteer as coaches and teenagers to be umpires.

If you live in this area and have a child born from 1983 to 1999, your child is eligible. Registration can be made by mail or in person. Go to www.lakeshorebaseball.ca on the Web for more information and a registration form.

Registration day is March 20 at the Kirkland Arena and the Beaconsfield Recreation Centre. They have a new information line at 582-5224.

I should also report that Lakeshore soccer is now registering for the coming summer. I know because I have just signed my nine-year-old daughter up for the first time. You can get information about them at http://www.lakeshoresoccer.ca

There are so many great sporting opportunities for kids growing up here on the West Island. I don't mean to imply that baseball is the only one. It is simply the one that I have been involved with since I moved out here ten years ago. It is something I actually know about. And when a columnist can write about something he actually knows about it is truly remarkable - don't you agree?

If you have children I recommend getting involved in some way. You will meet nice people. And your kids will meet good kids. The memories will stay with your children all through their lives. And they will pass it on when they are parents.

Play Ball!

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