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Welcome To Case's Column

Let me say a big welcome to all of you for joining me here. I'm going to call these blog meetings Case's Column. I wanted to use "Corner", but that was already taken. Since 2008, it's been a real privilege to come on here and share some of my life with you, and it's a big world where we live.

In these blogs, I'll just speak whatever is on my mind, but we will be playing within the rules here. I may pick a particular topic, point out an event, or shoot the breeze. I'm a little bit of an essayist at times, so I'll just speak what's on my mind, and I might tell a story or two. Or, I might spew out an opinion or three. There will be some serious moments, some tender, some poignant, but there will also be those moments that you'll just bust out laughing. But, hopefully, everything will be in good fun here. And, of course, there's a place below for your comments and thoughts as we go along here. So feel free to join me for the ride -- I sure as heck hope I'm doing this right and not making any mistakes.

Thanks for taking your time in reading Case's Column. Hopefully, you'll enjoy being entertained by it as much as I've enjoyed putting these writings together. And thanks for the time you spend in City-Data.com, where it's great to be alive!



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Still Missing Grandstander --- And I Know You Do, Too

Posted 04-04-2021 at 08:26 AM by case44
Updated 04-05-2021 at 02:56 PM by case44

I don't usually highlight other fellow C-D members unless they've done something extraordinary for all of us, but I just want to take a moment to remember someone who was a respected contributor here on City-Data, where it's great to be alive.

Many of you remember our colleague Grandstander, who was a very fine poster for many years on this fine website. As baseball season commences, our Baseball forum isn't quite the same as it used to be because there is that void. When anyone passes away (as was the case with Grandstander), it creates an empty seat in a circle of friends. In the baseball circle here, GS was a big part of what we did. He was a very knowledgeable repository of information, factoids, and opinions about the game of baseball and the people who made the sport happen. There was the occasional disagreement, but that can happen with any poster. Even me. Still, Grandstander was the thinking person's poster, and his wit and wisdom are certainly missed in these parts.

And, even now, as I'm writing some posts on our Baseball forums, I can't help but pause and remember our fellow comrade, Grandstander, and I often wonder what his commentary would look like right now as a new season dawns. We have an Oakland Athletics thread (for the team by which GS had been a fan), and it's hard not to see our comrade making his timely contributions as another year of baseball rolls on.

He's in a better place right now. And he's probably playing a little catch with a few folks on those streets of (green and) gold.
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